Projet NOW, a not-for-profit Cooperative Company with social purposes, aims to promote the revival of activity and employment in the municipality of Hastière and more widely on the basin of the Belgian Upper Meuse, and to foster a transition towards a model of sustainable society. Sustainability, environmentally aware action, and the sourcing of local produce are part of our company philosophy.
Projet NOW is located in Waulsort, a small and beautiful village (“the pearl of the Haute Meuse”) nested in one of the loveliest, wildest and most unspoiled meander of the river. Projet NOW scope of action will gradually extend to other villages of the entity of Hastière, and to the development of additional projects as the viability threshold for ongoing projects is reached.
The Villa 1900 is home to the Cooperative whose activities include:
Creative “Brasserie”. A brasserie-tea room, with local, seasonal, and, whenever possible, organic products.
The Village Grocery promotes local production by featuring fresh and seasonal produce, as well as local delicacies.
A Gift Shop and Craft. Many items offered for sale are crafted by our staff, mostly driftwood. The articles produced by regional artisans are put in storage, and talents of villagers used. From a sustainability perspective, the gift shop will sell only local (or possibly from Fairtrade) and ecological products.
Residential Seminars. The Villa 1900 offers a wide space and a quiet atmosphere for workshops, seminars, company presentations, courses and similar events, including catering for the participants and accomodation in the Village. We can arrange full or half pension for the groups as well as festive dinners for important occasions. The living room can be set up either as a small lecture hall or with chairs around a large table. Workshops can be organized on request (e.g. ecological household products, decorative objects made from recycle materials).
Entertainment and leisure. The region offers the perfect surroundings for spare time and for activities in support of group dynamics, offering an added attraction to a seminar or meeting. Activities include: biking, boating and cruising on the Meuse, kayaking, guided tours and walks (caves of the “Pont d’Arcole”, Castle of Freyr, medieval fortress, etc.).
For more information, please see the Waulsort pages in French