Join Us in Costa Rica for the Retreat of Your Life

Welcome to Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Our top-notch retreat facility is extremely comfortable, impeccably clean, relaxing, welcoming, and is designed to be a peaceful departure from your every day life. Take your tropical experience to the next level as you learn to take control of your diabetes health in ways you never thought possible.

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Join Us at the next retreat

from June 25–29, 2020

"I have been type 1 for 22 years, and in April 2015 my A1c was 7.4%. In September 2015 my A1c was 6.2%. I lost 10 pounds simply by changing the way I eat, and my insulin intake decreased overall by 30%."

Candace S.

Type 2 Diabetes

"In 1 month, I lost 19 pounds and cut my Metformin use by 50%, statin medication by 50%, blood pressure medication by 50%, and I increased my energy levels by 200%."

Lori D.

Type 2 Diabetes

"This advice is rooted in a deep and endless knowledge of human metabolism, exercise physiology, and nutritional science. The suggestions come with scientific papers, and these principles are far from being fads. This program just works; there's no other way to put it. I have never felt healthier than I do now."

Sharon S.

Type 1 Diabetes

"I have been living with diabetes for almost 40 years and now I have learned the truth about how my low-carbohydrate diet was actually sabotaging my efforts to maintain optimum health. I've also learned about the true relationship between dietary fat and insulin sensitivity.Simply put: my diabetes is MUCH easier to manage."

Paul C.

Type 1 Diabetes

"Within 3 days of starting, I could immediately feel a difference in my energy levels. Within 3 weeks, I had decreased my daily insulin requirement by 50% and for the first time in two years was able to complete a two-hour endurance ride without being limited by a significant hypoglycemic episode."

Dave G.

Type 1 Diabetes

"As a diabetic, if you think you can do better, you can. These perspectives and ideas about health and nutrition, coupled with your focus, diligence, and effort will yield results you probably thought were never possible. Don't think. Just do it. Trust me, you will thank yourself later."

Steve D.

Type 2 Diabetes

This Retreat will Change Your Life

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Join us in the peaceful and beautiful Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and learn how to reverse insulin resistance using a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food diet, combined with daily exercise, laughs, and tons of fun.


This retreat is hosted by experts in diabetes nutrition with over 75 years of experience using this lifestyle for optimal mental, emotional, and metabolic health.


Each day will be filled with interactive lectures, group fitness classes, delicious meals made with fresh produce, and plenty of leisure time to relax in the sun.

Our Results Speak for Themselves

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Reduced Blood Glucose

Reduced Blood Glucose

100% of our attendees have experienced a significant reduction in blood glucose during the 5-day retreat

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Reduced Oral Medication

Reduced Oral Medication

Our attendees reduce their oral medication needs by 64% within the first 30 days of experiencing our retreat

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Reduced Insulin Use

Reduced Insulin Use

Our insulin-dependent attendees reduce their insulin usage by an average of 35% during the 5-day retreat

Schedule of Events

Each day you'll be provided with a buffet breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner. You'll also have the chance to participate in 3 daily interactive lectures as well as 2 daily exercise sessions, to ensure that your day is diverse and action-packed. Every night is guaranteed to provide learning, entertainment and plenty of laughs. 

Day 1: Thursday, June 25

6:00 AM

Wake Up Excited!


In preparation for the retreat experience, wake up excited and ready to change your life.

8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Travel to the Retreat


Travel to the retreat by air or by car. We can't wait to meet you and get started.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Introductions and Dinner


Start off by meeting your new best friends while enjoying a delicious homemade dinner.

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Goal Setting


A powerful exercise to establish your goals for the retreat and beyond.

Day 2: Friday, June 26

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Morning Fitness


Get your sweat on in the warm sunshine. Learn how to use exercise as a substitute for insulin and diabetes medication.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet


Enjoy incredibly fresh tropical fruits grown within miles of the retreat center, bursting with flavor. Start your day off with plenty of energy!

10:00 – 11:30 AM

The Causes of Insulin Resistance


Learn the true causes of blood glucose variability. A mind-blowing interactive lecture with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet


Refuel your body with fresh food so that you are energized for the rest of the day.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Eat More Plants for Optimal Diabetes Health


Understand how and why eating more plants can truly transform your blood glucose control, from the ground up, with Robby Barbaro.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Afternoon Fitness


Move, sweat, laugh. In this afternoon session, prepare your body for a delicious dinner!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

All You Can Eat Dinner Buffet


Wind down your day with a delicious home-cooked meal, designed to help you manage your blood glucose with precision. 

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Interactive Evening Learning and Fun 


Join our team for engaging discussions and movies. Interact with our team to get your questions answered.

Day 3: Saturday, June 27

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Morning Fitness


Get your sweat on in the warm sunshine. Learn how to use exercise as a substitute for insulin and diabetes medication.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet


Enjoy incredibly fresh tropical fruits grown within miles of the retreat center, bursting with flavor. Start your day off with plenty of energy!

10:00 – 11:30 AM

The Power of Intermittent Fasting


Learn the "why" and "how" of intermittent fasting for increased insulin sensitivity, with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet


Refuel your body with fresh food so that you are energized for the rest of the day.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

The Logistics of Food Buying and Preparation


Learn where to buy food, how to store food, and how to prepare food amidst your busy lifestyle, with Robby Barbaro.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Afternoon Fitness


Move, sweat, laugh. In this afternoon session, prepare your body for a delicious dinner!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

All You Can Eat Dinner Buffet


Wind down your day with a delicious home-cooked meal, designed to help you manage your blood glucose with precision. 

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Interactive Evening Learning and Fun 


Join our team for engaging discussions and movies. Interact with our team to get your questions answered.

Day 4: Sunday, June 28

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Morning Fitness


Get your sweat on in the warm sunshine. Learn how to use exercise as a substitute for insulin and diabetes medication.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet


Enjoy incredibly fresh tropical fruits grown within miles of the retreat center, bursting with flavor. Start your day off with plenty of energy!

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Live Your Most Active Life with Diabetes


Understand the biology of exercise in an interactive and simple way, with Cyrus Khambatta, PhD.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

All You Can Eat Lunch Buffet


Refuel your body with fresh food so that you are energized for the rest of the day.

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Emotional Eating, Food Addiction and Social Life


Learn how to explain your lifestyle to others, and understand what emotions drive your eating behavior, with Adam Sud.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Afternoon Fitness


Move, sweat, laugh. In this afternoon session, prepare your body for a delicious dinner!

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

All You Can Eat Dinner Buffet


Wind down your day with a delicious home-cooked meal, designed to help you manage your blood glucose with precision. 

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Interactive Evening Learning and Fun 


Join our team for engaging discussions and movies. Interact with our team to get your questions answered.

Day 5: Monday, June 29

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Morning Fitness


Get your sweat on in the warm sunshine. Learn how to use exercise as a substitute for insulin and diabetes medication.

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet


Enjoy incredibly fresh tropical fruits grown within miles of the retreat center, bursting with flavor. Start your day off with plenty of energy!

10:00 – 12:00 PM

Travel to the Airport


Reflect on your new plan and highly simplified life, putting your new diabetes management and reversal  skills to use! 

10:00 PM

Sleep on Your New Lifestyle and Habits


Reflect on your new habits, plan the first day of your new life, and rest with the confidence of knowing that YOU GOT THIS!

Get the Early Bird Discount and Save up to 33% Before It's Too Late

Double Occupancy

Save $500 off the Regular Price of a 2-Person Room

  • 4 nights accommodation in a comfortable shared suite with air conditioning
  • All you can eat breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert for 5 days
  • 3 interactive group educational sessions per day, led by expert instructors with extensive experience following a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food lifestyle
  • 2 exercise sessions per day, led by our team of expert fitness teachers
  • Multiple daily personal blood glucose analysis sessions with a member of the Mastering Diabetes team

Early Bird Discount: Save $500 Today

$2997 $2497

Payment Plan Available!

*all prices are in USD

Triple Occupancy

Save $1000 off the Regular Price of a 3-Person Room

  • 4 nights accommodation in a comfortable shared suite with air conditioning
  • All you can eat breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert for 5 days
  • 3 interactive group educational sessions per day, led by expert instructors with extensive experience following a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food lifestyle
  • 2 exercise sessions per day, led by our team of expert fitness teachers
  • Multiple daily personal blood glucose analysis sessions with a member of the Mastering Diabetes team

Early Bird Discount: Save $1000 Today

$2997 $1997

Payment Plan Available!

*all prices are in USD

Money Back Guarantee

We want to provide you the best service possible, and understand that your schedule may change. You may cancel your purchase for a full refund within the first 48 hours of purchasing a ticket to the retreat. Between 48 hours and 14 days after you purchase, you are entitled to a 50% refund of the full price of the retreat (the full price does not include any discounts or promotions). If you request a refund more than 14 days after your purchase, your purchase is non-refundable.

Join Thousands of People Reversing Insulin Resistance Everyday 

Meet Your Retreat Hosts 

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Cyrus Khambatta, PhD

Cofounder, Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Cyrus Khambatta, PhD is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who specializes in type 1 and type 2 diabetes and has helped many clients reduce their insulin usage by 25-60%. Cyrus has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002 and has reduced his insulin usage by more than 40% using this evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness. Cyrus leads interactive lectures, to help you understand why a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food lifestyle is the gold-standard approach for eliminating insulin resistance, the underlying cause of all blood sugar fluctuation in type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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Robby Barbaro

Cofounder, Living with Type 1 Diabetes

Robby Barbaro has been living with type 1 diabetes for over 18 years. For over 12 years he has been eating pounds of fruit daily and experiencing ease and precision in his blood glucose management. His mission is to raise awareness about the benefits of low-fat, plant-based, whole-food nutrition for all people with diabetes. Robby will share valuable information on living this lifestyle in the real world, providing expert tips on food shopping, food storage, handling complex social situations, and communicating with your doctor.

Kylie Buckner

Kylie Buckner, RN, MSN

Director of Lifestyle Change

Kylie Buckner is a registered nurse and has a master’s degree in nursing education. She has more than 18 years of experience as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, in labor and delivery, in OB-GYN, and in pediatrics.She has dedicated her life to caring for people as a nurse and has an in-depth understanding of the challenges of adopting a plant-based lifestyle. She is also a certified yoga teacher and has been 100% plant-based for over 6 years.

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Adam Sud

Diabetes Coach, Reversed Type 2 Diabetes

A little over 5 years ago Adam weighed 320 pounds, developed type 2 diabetes, was a drug addict, a fast food addict, and suffering from severe depression. Adam implemented a whole-food plant-based lifestyle, and overcame food addiction, drug addiction, and type 2 diabetes. Within 6 months Adam had reversed type 2 diabetes, lost 170 pounds, and has been sober for a little over 5 years. Adam is now a plant-based health coach who with Mastering Diabetes, and is a speaker for the Engine 2 Total Health Immersion Programs and Plant-Strong events.

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Marc Ramirez

Diabetes Coach, Reversed Type 2 Diabetes

Marc Ramirez is a former University of Michigan Football player who reversed type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, psoriasis, and frequent heartburn. He also lost 50 pounds in 3 months, and in that same time period he eliminated 5 medications that he had been taking for 10 years – using his food as medicine. He is certified through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) as a Food For Life Instructor and conducts classes and 21-Day Kickstarts to help people improve their health. He also appears in the documentary Eating You Alive.

Frequently Asked Questions

What foods can I eat on the Mastering Diabetes program?

Does this program work for all forms of diabetes?

What if I'm not in good physical shape?

Does this program require eating a raw diet?

Is the food 100% organic?

How do I get there?

Does the retreat price include the cost of travel?

Can I bring a family member or friend?

Can I come early or stay longer in Costa Rica? 

​How should I pack for this retreat?

​What type of food will be served?

​Do I have to have diabetes in order to come?

​I have food allergies, can I still come?

​What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Get the Early Bird Discount and Save up to 33% Before It's Too Late

Double Occupancy

Save $500 off the Regular Price of a 2-Person Room

  • 4 nights accommodation in a comfortable shared suite with air conditioning
  • All you can eat breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert for 5 days
  • 3 interactive group educational sessions per day, led by expert instructors with extensive experience following a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food lifestyle
  • 2 exercise sessions per day, led by our team of expert fitness teachers
  • Multiple daily personal blood glucose analysis sessions with a member of the Mastering Diabetes team

Early Bird Discount: Save $500 Today

$2997 $2497

Payment Plan Available!

*all prices are in USD

Triple Occupancy

Save $1000 off the Regular Price of a 3-Person Room

  • 4 nights accommodation in a comfortable shared suite with air conditioning
  • All you can eat breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert for 5 days
  • 3 interactive group educational sessions per day, led by expert instructors with extensive experience following a low-fat, plant-based, whole-food lifestyle
  • 2 exercise sessions per day, led by our team of expert fitness teachers
  • Multiple daily personal blood glucose analysis sessions with a member of the Mastering Diabetes team

Early Bird Discount: Save $1000 Today

$2997 $1997

Payment Plan Available!

*all prices are in USD

Money Back Guarantee

We want to provide you the best service possible, and understand that your schedule may change. You may cancel your purchase for a full refund within the first 48 hours of purchasing a ticket to the retreat. Between 48 hours and 14 days after you purchase, you are entitled to a 50% refund of the full price of the retreat (the full price does not include any discounts or promotions). If you request a refund more than 14 days after your purchase, your purchase is non-refundable.