Rockefeller rings in winter solstice (VIDEO)


The University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., hosted its quarterly Worldwide Didjeridu Mediation event on Sat Dec. 21.

This ceremony was a period of so-called “sound healing mediation,” held as part of a worldwide wave of sound that began Australia shortly after sunset to mark the winter solstice.

The Chicago Didjeridu Chorus welcomed the new season with various instruments, including its namesake didjeridu, a 6,000 year-old Australian wind instrument.

According to Elizabeth Davenport, dean of Rockefeller Chapel, the ceremony has been taking place for five years.

“It’s a beautifully evocative sound, very meditative,” Davenport said. “People from a wide variety of traditions drop by to experience these quiet moments, especially during this busy holiday season when taking some time to sit quietly is a good thing.”

This event will take place every solstice and equinox and all are welcome to attend. For more information, visit