Feeling stressed, overwhelmed and disconnected? These emotions, all too common for many, were part of the inspiration behind the Rothko Chapel’s upcoming educational series “Rejuvenate: Find Balance in the Bungalow.”
Led by experienced teachers, these structured courses represent different approaches to meditation, all aimed at centering and quieting the mind, public programs director Michelle Ashton explained.
“The Rejuvenate series is aimed at helping people find enrichment from awareness and mindfulness through meditation,” she said. “We hope the community joins us to learn a variety of ways to cultivate relaxation or deepen their concentration through contemplative practices.”
Beginning on April 5, “Rejuvenate: Find Balance in the Bungalow” will run for six-weeks. The drop-in rate for an individual class is $12, while admission to an entire series is $60. Participants may also purchase a pass to enjoy any class at any time for $100.
Gayle Ross DeGeurin will be leading classes at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 5 through May 10. There will be no class on April 12. A former chair of the Rothko Chapel board, she will share practices and insights on meditation collected from her life. She is a student of Thich Naht Hanh and incorporates relaxation techniques from Erich Schiffman.
Ann Friedman will teach a series at 8 a.m. on Wednesdays, April 6 to May 11. A licensed psychologist, she has studied meditation intensely for the last 10 years. She has a Mindfulness Facilitation Certificate from UCLA and teaches mindfulness practices that focus on attentiveness through sitting, walking and mindful breathing.
Joseph Newland will lead a series called “Exploring Inner Space” at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, April 7 through May 12. He has meditated under many teachers over the years, including Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan beginning in 1981. Breath, energy, and consciousness will be the constant theme of the classes – and even students with no experience in meditation will be able to join.
The fourth series will be led by Alejandro Chaoul at 8 a.m. on Fridays, April 8 through May 13. Chaoul is assistant professor and director of education at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine program, an associate faculty member at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at University of Texas Medical School, and is a board member and teacher of meditation and Tibetan yoga teacher at Ligmincha Texas Institute for the Tibetan Meditative and Healing Arts. He is also an advisor for the Rothko Chapel. If Alejandro is unavailable, classes will be taught by Geshe Denma Gyaltsen, resident teacher at Ligmincha Texas Institute.
All classes will be held at 1415 Sul Ross St in the Rothko Chapel Office Annex Bungalow.
For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit rothkochapel.org or call 713-524-9839.
About the Rothko Chapel
The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.