The abbey Val Notre-Dame is a monastery of the Trappists (Trappist Abbey), built between 2007 and 2009. It is located at the foot of the Montagne Coupee in Saint-Jean-de-Matha. It is a wooden building of 5800 m2 on two floors including the monastic enclosure, a church, a hotel and a gatehouse. The site also has two gardens, one of the monks and the host side of the pond. A vegetable garden, Stations of the Cross and meditation stations are built in these gardens. Val Notre-Dame Cistercian Abbey is rooted in the evangelical tradition expressed in the Rule of St. Benedict and in the particular form given to it by the founders of Cîteaux in the 11th century.