The tradition of wellness goes back—way back—at Le Monastère des Augustines in Quebec City. It began in 1639, when three Augustinian nuns braved a challenging journey from France to Quebec and set up North America’s first hospital. More sisters soon joined and for the next several hundred years, they provided critical care to the sick.
All the while, the Augustinian sisters developed a culture of holistic health and wellness and memorialized it through some 40,000 artifacts, painstakingly collected and preserved over the centuries. This remarkable archive, held at the monastery-turned retreat, has recently earned recognition from UNESCO as a Memory of the World.
While the archives
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