Le Monastère des Augustines: tradition, history, French-Canadian charm, spirituality, healing and a bit of the splendor of King Louis XIV, the Sun King of France. We bring all this for you to the HEALING SUMMIT 2016 in Berlin. Okay, that might have been a bit overzealous. Louis might not make it in time and has only little to do with Le Monastère des Augustines in Quebec, Canada, but Isabelle Duchesneau, the Executive Director of this unique healing hotel will be there as a speaker – on his behalf so to say. Little Louis was merely a year old when the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery was founded in 1639, the first hospital north of Mexico – sheltering the Augustinian Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus who devoted their lives to caring for the human body and soul. The sisters actively put the foundation to the province’s healthcare system, expanding their roles to owners and managers of hospitals or working as nurses and pharmacists.
Today historic Hôtel-Dieu de Quebec, a UNESCO-World Heritage, is home to three sister institutions created by the Augustinian Sisters: Le Monastère des Augustines, the Centre Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin and La Fiducie du Patrimoine Culturel des Augustines. The sisters continue to live in the building’s Saint-Augustin wing. 400 years of health care, wisdom and devotion permeate those historic walls today. It is Isabelle’s mission to ensure the sustainability of the Augustinian Sister’s material and cultural heritage. She wants to make sure it’s accessible to future generations and has committed to providing support and respite to those who care for others. Le Monastère des Augustines is a non-profit organization that opened on August 1, 2015. It integrates revenue-generating components such as a hotel and holistic health services into its social, cultural and heritage mandate with a view to independently financing the project. Get to know more about this at the HEALING SUMMIT 2016.