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Some places seem marked with the seal of their origin. At a glance, however, the name is all that seems to remain of this convent's original vocation. In the calm of a small Lot village bathed in sunlight, it offers a subtly preserved and ideal setting for contemporary reflections in the world of business and social innovation. Values and transmission remain the pillars of this timeless home. Surrounded by bountiful nature, soft and sometimes rough, spirits will be rejuvenated and immersed in the history of the old Vicomte de Turenne. Plunge into all that the Haut-Quercy has to offer and indulge in the delightful flavours of a legendary terroir.
Tucked away at the bottom of a Causse Quercy Martel valley and watched over by the impressive statue of Notre-Dame des Neiges, the small village of Sarrazac has a rare authenticity. Peaceful and calm, it echoes the happy rural France of the 19th century. My family has lived in this same town since the 14th century.
Sarrazac was fortified around the 12th century and important works took place in the 15th and 16th centuries around the Saint-Geniès church which has been classified as a historical monument since 1947. Located directly opposite, this building most probably dates from the same time - the oldest part at the very least, as proved by the magnificent vaulted cellar. Solidly composed of an assemblage of stones in warm colours, it is a single story building with a slate roof. A cross erected at the top and a small virgin carved in a niche above the front door recall its monastic past which probably dates back to the 16th century.
It was part of a larger convent linked to the church Saint-Geniès built between the 15th and the 16th century. Named by the inhabitants of the commune, the Convent hosted a school for young girls until the beginning of the 20th century. It was run by nuns of the Order of Jesus from the convent of Vaylats, a teaching congregation of the diocese of Cahors which is still active to this day. According to the oral tradition of the village, the Great Hall served as a refectory for the sisters and students. The pedagogical function of the place has therefore been maintained!
The Convent, fully restored, now houses a seminar and training centre with a meeting room, a large reception room, a small mezzanine reading room, offices, a projection room and two comfortable bedrooms equipped with bathrooms which are usually used to accommodate seminar leaders or guests. The seminar and training centre mainly focuses on CSR (corporate social responsibility), the integration of diversity in the world of work and more generally on social innovation processes.
Our center is 50m from the "La Bonne Famille" guesthouse which has been run by the Gerby-Aussel family for five generations. The establishment has 18 simple and comfortable rooms and one of the best restaurants in Haut-Quercy. From a cultural and touristic point of view, Sarrazac is ideally located in the heart of the old Vicomté de Turenne. It is full of natural and cultural treasures, including Turenne and Collonges-la-Rouge (labelled the most beautiful villages in France) and is around thirty kilometers from Padirac, Rocamadour, Autoire, Loubressac, Carennac, Souillac and the Dordogne valley.
The centre benefits from the unique experience of the Ethik Investment Group and its "In the Dark" brand as well as the expertise of the European Institute for Blind Tasting and Testing (IETDA). The Institute offers many solutions to work around the senses: smell, taste, touch ... by an original and effective approach. Training, evaluation, tastings, presentation, sensory brainstorming are all approaches to unique human and sensory experiences. The seminars and training take place in the former convent where three rooms are made available. The machine room, home to the largest French typewriter collection, has been transformed into a meeting room. The refectory, the main space of the convent, serves as a living and meeting room. Finally, the Black Room, an authentic 16th century vaulted room immersed in complete darkness, is devoted to tastings and animations led by specialist guides. It also serves as a projection room. Two comfortable and refined bedrooms are reserved for the managers of the seminars. Accommodation and catering are provided by La Bonne Famille guesthouse, one of the best restaurants in Haut-Quercy. Finally many activities are offered to participants during training sessions: hiking and biking, airship rides over the region, canoeing down the Dordogne, treetop adventure, archery, caving and diving, etc.
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