Welcoming Our Guests

“Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ.”

Faithful to this recommendation of our Father St. Benedict, we welcome in the silence of our monastic guesthouse all men and women who seek spiritual renewal or time away from daily distractions and preoccupations. To all, without any distinction of race or religion, we offer the opportunity to reflect, meditate and pray in a magnificent rural setting.

We offer silent retreats; there is no preaching. While respecting meal times, each person is free to organize his or her time as he or she wishes, though all are invited to take part in our liturgical prayer. A monk-priest is also available for all those who seek spiritual counselling.

Retreats are from Monday to Friday (8h30) and Friday (14h00) to Monday (8h30). Our guesthouse includes 13 individual rooms with sink. There are bathrooms and showers on the first floor. Rooms are soberly decorated and all have a small balcony. Our guestrooms are identical to the rooms of the monks, therefore giving guests a glimpse into an aspect of monastic life for a few hours every day. As the guesthouse is not a hotel, we do not offer fixed rates. However, to those who can, we do suggest leaving an offering of $60 a night, as meals are included. This being said, please do not let this amount prevent you from taking a moment’s rest: each person is free to leave what he or she can.

Outside, guests can take long walks on the trails surrounding our land during spring, summer and fall, or go cross-country skiing in the winter by signing up at the Montagne-Coupée centre, located in the same building as our store.

The brothers in charge of the guesthouse will be happy to welcome you. Brother André Gauthier is responsible for reservations. These can be made by phone at 450-960-2889, extension 1164, or by e-mail at accueil@abbayevalnotredame.ca. Before making a reservation, please check room availability by clicking on “Availability and Reservations” in the menu on the left. Given the small number of rooms available and the high demand, a guest cannot stay at our guesthouse twice in one year. If you wish to come back during the year, your name will be put on a waiting list for the desired date.

Upon your arrival, Brother Jean-Marc Jérôme will show you the various areas of the Abbey, such as your room, the refectory and the church. Brother Jérôme is also responsible for serving meals and presenting a short video on monastic life on Wednesday and Saturday evenings to those who are interested. Brother Yves Girard is available for spiritual counselling.

Directions from Montreal

Take Highway 40 East until 31 North (exit 122) towards Joliette, then the 131 North towards Saint-Félix-de-Valois. Once you’ve passed Saint-Félix-de-Valois, as soon as you enter Saint-Jean-de-Matha, watch for the Chemin de la Montagne-Coupée road, located at the bottom of the hill, on your left. You will also see a sign reading Auberge de la Montagne-Coupée, Abbaye Val Notre-Dame.

Directions from Quebec City

Take Highway 40 West until 159 Berthierville, exit 144. Turn and follow the 158 West until the 345 North towards Sainte-Élisabeth. Continue until Saint-Félix-de-Valois, cross the village and, as soon as you enter Saint-Jean-de-Matha, watch for the Chemin de la Montagne-Coupée road, located at the bottom of the hill. You will also see a sign reading Auberge de la Montagne-Coupée, Abbaye Val Notre-Dame.