Le Monastère des Augustines
Reconnect with wellness in an inspiring environment in the heart of Old Quebec City, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Live an unforgettable experience within the historic walls of the Augustinian Sisters’ monastery, site of the first hospital in North America, north of Mexico. Completely restored and redesigned, Le Monastère des Augustines offers visitors a wide variety of programs in holistic health.
A HERITAGE WE SHARE
For nearly four centuries, the Augustinian Sisters devoted themselves to caring for the sick, while laying the foundation of Canada’s modern healthcare system. Confronted to their decline in numbers, the Sisters have chosen to pass their precious heritage within their lifetime, and gave their impeccably preserved monastery of the 17th century to the public, with the wish to promote their values of caring, generosity and hospitality with the greatest number. After a 3 years restoration, Le Monastère opened to the public in August 2015 and continues to function as a place of welcome, healing and renewal through a contemporary and non-religious offer.
HOLISTIC HEALTH PACKAGES
Energy and vitality package
Replenish your vital energy! Energy is the fuel that can transform our dreams into reality. Unfortunately, it’s also an ingredient that is often lacking in our daily lives. Come and replenish yourself at Le Monastère des Augustines, with a wide selection of services, activities, advice and practical tools, along with a diet adapted to your needs. Our offerings are designed to increase your vital energy while respecting your metabolism, temperament and very essence.
Sleep regeneration and wellness package
Sleep better to live better! Insomnia, short nights and frequent waking drain our energies and limit our cells’ metabolic activity. As a result, our overall health is affected by lack of sleep. Enhance your nights and quality of life at Le Monastère des Augustines, with a package designed to promote sleep and cellular regeneration.
Relaxation and renewal package
Feel the benefits of rest for body and soul. Life’s hectic pace can often cause us to ignore our body’s signals such as fatigue, tension or nervous exhaustion. Feel the benefits of a well-deserved break, meet with health specialists whose personalized services promote relaxation and renewal and discover the principles of healthy eating adapted to your needs, along with practices that will help you extend the benefits of your stay into your daily life.
HOLISTIC HEALTH WORKSHOPS
The year-round program includes over one hundred workshops covering a variety of subjects: interpersonal relationships, bodywork and movement, psychology, wellness, natural health, life transitions, nutrition, herbalism and more. Activities are offered by a team of 80 warm, skilled collaborators who are renowned specialists in their respective fields, including doctors, psychologists, authors, professors, herbalist, etc.
Our restaurant offers a healthy and varied menu inspired by the principles of mindful eating. We invite our guests to take their time and savour the present moment. Our cuisine offers options to satisfy every taste and need. You’ll find dishes whose health benefits are proven by ancestral traditions and the most recent nutritional research. As much as possible, we use local or organic foods and accommodate seasonal ingredients in harmony with the principles of sustainable development. You will find plenty to feed your senses and nourish your soul!
Le Monastère des Augustines offers 65 rooms in its restored former cloister from the 17th century. The Augustinian Sisters’ rooms have been transformed into accommodations for visitors seeking a quiet and peaceful haven.
MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
The Augustinian Sisters collected over 40,000 artefacts drawn from 400 years of life and service. They also preserved over one linear kilometre of rare and ancient books and documents. The Museum’s has carefully mined these extraordinary resources to trace the history of the Sisters and contribution to our society, along with the development of their medical thought and practices over the ages.
A MEANINGFUL SOCIAL MISSION
Le Monastère des Augustines is a non-profit organization whose activities are designed with a view to financially support its social mission. This mission is to make the Augustinian Sisters’ heritage accessible to all and to give support and respite to those who care for others. Family caregivers and companions, as well as workers and volunteers from the health and social services communities can take advantage of lodging programs, resources and activities.