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the Type 1 Diabetes Retreat
Unique and Pioneering

A world first Programme dedicated to the holistic management of insulin in type 1 diabetes

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The type 1 Diabetes Retreat
Optimising Insulin In Type 1 Diabetes

Developed by Dr. Ian Lake, a medical professional with Type 1 Diabetes, the retreat incorporates practical diabetes management strategies drawing on clinical research and the firsthand experiences of Dr. Ian Lake and the team of type 1 experts who contribute to the course

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The Type 1 Diabetes Retreat
Measurably Improve Your Relationship With Type 1

Transform your type 1 experience, life quality and health outcomes at Combe Grove

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The Type 1 Diabetes Retreat
Change the roots, not the symptoms

Created in association with type 1 specialist GP Ian Lake, with one year of dedicated online support to ensure enjoyable and enduring change

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The Type 1 Diabetes Retreat

Evolve your relationship with insulin with a one-week Type 1 Diabetes Retreat at Combe Grove, powered by Dr Ian Lake’s personal experiences as a Type 1 Diabetic. As those with Type 1 Diabetes know, various factors impact glucose control, which is why in this dedicated course we explore all the roots of health and learn how to manage each one in order to help you achieve optimal outcomes.


1 Year


6 Nights


Recommended for


* Adults of all ages with Type 1 Diabetes

Combe Grove Members Club - Massage

People that want to live a freer, healthier life, empowered by knowledge, motivation and ongoing support


People who want to create the best natural conditions for improved insulin management and enhanced physical and mental wellbeing

* All guests are required to have a remote health assessment with a nutritionist prior to their stay


"I have met a wealth of caring, helpful, knowledgable and inspiring staff, doctors and nutritionists. I have learnt so much and been supported to make changes for the better."

Julia | Age 54
Stayed May 2023

“For me the week at Combe Grove was revelatory. I learnt so much from the exceptional staff and the result is I can improve my wellbeing, nutrition and approach to life"

Richard | Age 65
Stayed November 2023

“A truly transformative experience. Wish I learned it years ago.”

Brian | Age 60
Stayed December 2022

"Inspirational and Transformational. The whole experience has been enlightening, informative and ultimately uplifting"

Angela | Age 52
Stayed May 2023
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Useful Information

The Type 1 Diabetes Retreat is centered around Combe Grove’s Five Roots of Metabolic Health:

  • Nutrition
  • Movement
  • Sleep
  • Mindset
  • Environment

The Type 1 diabetes retreat addresses how insulin impacts the roots of health and provides practical insight based on our extensive experience on how to optimise insulin around each root. You will receive information from an accredited medical education programme to give you the confidence you need to fully master insulin and diabetes.

The main hurdle for many is maintaining lifestyle changes once you return home. This is why, unique to all other health programmes, you will receive one year of invaluable online materials and support, accessed through the Combe Grove portal. This support includes seasonal recipes, practical demonstrations and activities to keep your body moving. As part of our Combe Grove support plan, you will receive regular follow-up consultations to help make the best of those first few months after the residential course.

To help you put the Five Roots programme knowledge into practice we also invite you to enjoy a one-year membership of the Club which features a state-of-the-art gym, a comprehensive array of classes, a selection of restorative treatments and therapies and a menu featuring seasonal and nutritious dishes.

The Type 1 Diabetes retreat integrates thorough medical evaluations and monitoring of essential health metrics, using a diverse range of therapies and treatments aimed at improving your body’s relationship with insulin.

From initial contact through to the conclusion of the programme, our qualified nutritionists are present to discuss and advise you on how to achieve balance within the Five Roots, and how this can help you manage Type 1 symptoms.

Change Your Mindset

We recognise that everyone with Type 1 diabetes requires a unique management plan and we offer principles of management based on the science of Metabolic Health. We place insulin management at the centre of the programme, and at the conclusion, you will have all the information you need to master your type of insulin and delivery device, pens or pumps. You need to change nothing other than how you view your Type 1 diabetes.

Improve Your Type 1 Journey

This Type 1 programme does not provide an endpoint. There is no pressure to be at a certain point on the last day, but you will be empowered by the knowledge to take things at your own pace and make your Type 1 journey safer, easier and more fulfilling. Many people who adopt this method feel that they have greater control over their diabetes, often for the first time in their lives. They reduce insulin use and the number of hypo’s, as well as feeling more vitalised generally 


The state-of-the-art Accuniq machine is a complete body composition measurement device. It provides a detailed profile of skeletal mass, muscle mass, and fat. Through one-to-one consultations, our expert nutritionists use these measurements to guide you on how you can achieve your body composition goals.

One of our Returners Metabolic Health Retreat Returners receiving a Accuniq body composition measurement analysis

During your week-long stay, our in-house nutritionists and experienced chefs create seasonal menus that draw upon the Ketogenic Lifestyle and explain why this is the most logical choice for Type 1 diabetes. This means all your meals are high-fat, high-protein and low-carb.

Our food expert, Emma Porter, has Type 1 diabetes herself and will discuss how she has developed recipes Type 1 friendly recipes.

Our nutrition and dietitian team will guide you through workshops designed to enhance your understanding of Ketogenic eating, allowing you to create meaningful change through a deep appreciation of how the body processes and responds to the food we eat.

All dishes are prepared using produce grown on the Estate or sourced locally, ensuring that the freshest and most nutrient-dense food is served at every mealtime. These menus are created using seasonal ingredients and therefore change regularly.

Nutrition demo at Combe Grove
A mustard yellow plate on a table covered in a white tablecloth. On the plat is cooked mushrooms on sourdough toast with blue cheese on top and a side of salad.
Buckwheat noodle dish
The Orangery for dining in the Main House

To help promote harmony for your mind and body, your stay includes three credits that can be used for a:

  • One to one consultation with a Nutritionist
  • Private session with an Exercise Coach
  • Treatment with a Holistic Practitioner practising in Acupuncture, Counselling/Psychotherapy, Cranial Sacral Osteopathy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Structural Integration, Naturopath, Physiotherapy, Reflexology or Shiatsu
  • Appointment with a Therapist for a body treatment.

In addition to your structured Type 1 learning, you will have a full daily programme of activities to choose from ranging from lifestyle sessions, creativity workshops and cooking demonstrations to beginner-friendly exercise classes and guided walks. This design allows you to be put in the driver’s seat so you can decide how peaceful or invigorating your experience is.

The free Club Membership you will receive will give you full use of our facilities including

  • Gym
  • 65 weekly classes
  • Heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Two Saunas and one steam room
  • Hydro beds
  • Two Indoor and two Outdoor Tennis courts
  • Three Exercise studios

In addition, you will have access to our nature-centric 70-acre Estate which offers endless walking and hiking trails.

At Combe Grove, we offer a range of specialised Health Retreats to help you achieve optimal wellness.

Our health retreats include the general Metabolic Health Retreat as well as versions of the programme aimed specifically for:

  • Prediabetes
  • Menopause
  • Fertility (coming in 2024)
  • Gut Health (coming in 2024)
  • Pre-op Preparation (coming in 2024)

Each retreat includes a three-week pre-retreat preparation phase followed by your week-long stay at Combe Grove. You’ll also receive 48 weeks of expert guidance post-retreat, which includes access to support and regular health checks to ensure you sustain the lifestyle changes you make during the retreat.


The Rooms

Held in 70 acres of historic woodlands and meadows with outstanding views across the Limpley Stoke Valley, Combe Grove is a stone’s throw from the city of Bath, renowned for its healing waters and hot springs.

Located next to The Main House, The Barn includes a range of rooms with serene views of the entire Estate.

To personalise your stay with us your room will be tailored to your chosen root featuring carefully selected herbs and oils that reflect your choice.

Guests going on a walk of Bath's skyline


Working with leading medical and nutritional experts including Type 1 specialist GP Dr Ian Lake and Dr Campbell Murdoch, renowned for his work in the field of metabolic health, the Type 1 Metabolic Health Retreat has been specifically formulated to incorporate solutions to Type 1 management across the five roots of Metabolic Health:

Nutrition | Movement | Sleep |Mindset | Environment

The Combe Grove Type 1 Programme gives you the tools, understanding and empowerment to make significant improvements to your lifestyle, psychology and wellbeing.

Metabolic Health retreat guests laughing together while having tea in our orangery room at Combe Grove


Assume control over your life and relationship with Type 1 diabetes today. Book a free appointment to speak to one of our dedicated consultants to assess eligibility and reserve your place on the Combe Grove Type 1 Programme in 2024. We run three dedicated Programmes each year, meaning that spaces are very limited and booked up quickly, so secure your position within this unique and groundbreaking Programme by booking a discovery call using the button below.


Retreat Timetable

Download the full 12-month programme timetable.