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About Us

Secret World Retreat is a writing retreat hidden in a private nature reserve, an hour north of Malaga, Spain, with a scenic backdrop of rustic mountains, rolling hills and lush valleys in a hidden corner of the world. Peace and tranquillity at its best! Many writers coming to one of our writing retreats have said that Secret World Retreat is the best kept writing retreat secret!

We offer writing retreats for writers who want to come into our peaceful valley and spend their time writing with no interruptions or distractions. We also run group writing retreats, and since the pandemic hit, we are also offering virtual writing retreats.

On top of that, Paula is a qualified swimming instructor and offers ~ on a selective almost exclusive basis ~ a Learn to Swim Retreat.

About Ken and Paula

Ken and Paula Sheridan, Founders of Secret World Retreat are a husband-and-wife entrepreneurial team who have won several business awards, and Paula, writing under the pen name, Paula Wynne, is an award-winning author having won The People's Book Prize for her debut novel, The Grotto's Secret.

Ken and Paula have been featured on Sky News, Radio 2, and numerous BBC radio stations. Together and separately, they were featured in The Independent on Sunday, Financial Times, The Guardian, Red Magazine, Berkshire Life, Country Life, Start Your Own Business, People Today, People Management, OnRec, Management Today, Country Living, Pay Monthly, and Financial Mail, along with numerous regional and local publications across the country. They appeared on the morning TV breakfast shows a couple of times to discuss various topics.

They are often asked to comment on BBC Radio and Paula is invited to speak at various events and seminars across the UK. Ken and Paula were also featured on the BBC Show, escape to the Continent which showed their quest to live in Spain, where they now run their writing retreat, their other businesses, Page Turner Awards, Book Luver and Writing Goals, and Paula spends any free time writing.

Ken and Paula run Page Turner Awards, Book Luver and Writing Goals.

Business Awards

Winner of BT Small Business Week 'Responsible Business Day' Award
Winner of BT FreshIdeas Events Mentor Competition
Nominated Top 100 Business in Barclays Trading Places Award
Runner Up in the Enterprise Challenge in the 2009 Enterprising Women Awards
Finalist for Best Online Business in Women on their Way Awards
Blue Drop Awards: Best Social Website
The Guardian: Nominated in Home Business Showcase
Forbes: Nominated in 100 Best Websites For Women

Book Awards

Paula's debut novel, The Grotto's Secret won The People's Book Prize, 2017
 

Ken and Paula In The Media

Paula and Ken have featured in the media, from newspapers to radio and TV. Check out a few of their news clippings.

Ken and Paula have been featured on Sky News, Radio 2, and numerous BBC radio stations. Together and separately, they were featured in The Independent on Sunday, Financial Times, The Guardian, Red Magazine, Berkshire Life, Country Life, Start Your Own Business, People Today, People Management, OnRec, Management Today, Country Living, Pay Monthly, and Financial Mail, along with numerous regional and local publications across the country. They appeared on the morning TV breakfast shows a couple of times to discuss various topics.

They are often asked to comment on BBC Radio and Paula is invited to speak at various events and seminars across the UK. Ken and Paula were also featured on the BBC Show, Escape to the Continent which showed their quest to live in Spain, where they now run their business and Paula writes.

Ken and Paula Sheridan, Founders of Page Turner Awards and owners of Secret World Writing Retreat