Rothko Chapel – Temporarily Closed

summer solstice sunrise observation

Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018 – Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018

06:20 AM

Sunrise Meditation by Alejandro Chaoul
Performance of Ragas by Prema Bhat
Labyrinth Walk by Jay Stailey
​Pay What You Can, suggested contribution $10 

We celebrate sunrise on the summer solstice with a sunrise meditation starting at 6:20am lead by Alejandro Chaoul, followed by the performance of ragas by Prema Bhat and a labyrinth walk facilitated by Jay Stailey on the Rothko Chapel grounds.

In observation of the Summer Solstice, the Rothko Chapel will be open from sunrise to sunset (approximately 6:20 AM-8:25 PM).

About the presenters:
Prema Bhat is an accomplished Indian classical vocalist from South India with a Masters degree in Carnatic (South indian classical) voice and theory. She has served as a DJ for Indian classical music at Princeton radio, WPRB 103.3 FM and later as a music faculty at the dept of Music at Emory University in Atlanta and also at the University of Cagliari, Italy. She has performed in many places in India, US and Italy and has also given lecture demonstrations in many universities and often goes to public schools to give workshops in Indian classical music. She is known for her soulfulness in music. In the past several years, she has been composing music for the songs of the 15th c.composer Purandaradasa. She has been featured on WABE(Atlanta) Houston public radio and on Fox TV. When not doing music she practices yoga, meditation and takes care of her cat and family.

Dr. Alejandro Chaoul is an assistant professor and director of education at MD Anderson's Integrative Medicine program where he conducts research using mind-body techniques with cancer patients, holds group and individual meditation classes, and directs the education initiatives on integrative medicine. He is also an associate faculty member at the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Medical School, where he teaches medical students in the areas of spirituality, complementary and integrative medicine, and end of life care. Alejandro is also an advisor for the Rothko Chapel and lectures regularly at The Jung Center of Houston, the Asia Society, and the Esalen Institute.

Jay Stailey, a Rothko Chapel Guild founding member, and former Houston-area public school administrator discovered the power of the labyrinth as a tool to focus his thoughts, clear his mind, and tune his inner being. His curiosity and interest broadened as he became a Veriditas trained and certified labyrinth facilitator, and leading him to become Houston’s first labyrinth coach. He has emerged as a fixture in the Houston labyrinth community, facilitating monthly labyrinth walks at the Historic Freedmen’s Town Labyrinth, guiding Houstonians on discovery walks and bicycle tours, and facilitating the construction of temporary and permanent labyrinths with Houston-area churches and schools. He has recently installed labyrinths for Core Dance performances in Atlanta, Georgia, and for the past two summers, on the Fourviere in historic Lyon, France, and on the equator in the cloud forests of Ecuador. He presented at The Labyrinth Society Fall 2016 Gathering in Houston, on “Building Community through the Labyrinth Experience.” Future labyrinth projects in Ireland, Mexico, Ecuador and Italy (in partnership with the Houston Grand Opera) loom on the horizon. This is Jay’s second year creating the turf labyrinth for the Rothko Chapel Summer Solstice celebration.



  • Monday-Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Open every day of the year from 10 am - 6 pm.
  • Free Hours: Always free!
    • Rothko Chapel is currently closed for renovations.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Visitors can use the Menil Collection parking lot located at Mulberry and West Alabama. There is also street parking available on Yupon and Sul Ross. Wheelchair access is located on Sul Ross at the north end of the Chapel.

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