Join us for a magical weekend in paradise, and come together with other kindred souls for three fun-filled days of writing, relaxing, and playing in the warm sun and sand of the Florida Keys.

Whether you’re a seasoned writer looking for a getaway where you can concentrate on your craft...

Or you simply have an idea that’s been placed inside your heart and you’re ready to answer that calling to write

This weekend is for you.

Perhaps you don’t consider yourself a writer but you have a strong desire to share your words and your message with the world, yet you don’t know where to begin or how to get started…

Or you’ve always had a dream of becoming a writer, but you think you’re just not “good enough”…

Like many of us, you may be experiencing fear and self-doubt, and other self-imposed limitations that hold us back from moving forward with our dreams.

If this rings true for you, you’re in the right place!

Shanda Trofe and Sunny Dawn Johnston have teamed together with two incredible guest contributors to design a weekend writer’s retreat that’s sure to feed your mind, body and spirit.

If this speaks to your soul, and you know in your heart this is just what you’ve been looking for, then we invite you to join us.

Check out the details below to learn more...

We hope to see YOU in paradise!

  • Find your tribe and connect with a community of like-minded souls--you may arrive as strangers but you'll leave as family...
  • ​Explore creative writing exercises to stretch your imagination and expand your creativity…
  • Learn what not  to do as a first-time author from seasoned authors and publishers...
  • ​Have a book inside you? Flesh out your ideas and complete your opening chapter with Publisher and Author Coach, Shanda Trofe...
  • Publishing and marketing advice plus intuitive guidance from Psychic Medium, Publisher, and Author of 20 books, Sunny Dawn Johnston…
  • ​Guided meditations to remove blocks and unlock creativity w/ Intuitive Guide and Transformational Coach, Melissa Kim Corter...
  • ​Yoga by the sea to set your morning in motion with Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master, Robin Harned…
  • Opportunities for private sessions with each facilitator to enhance your experience and receive personalized guidance…
  • ​Plenty of time for free writing, relaxation and fun in the sun at our tropical resort oasis…
  • ​…plus so much more!!!
the postcard inn
Set in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, you'll find a little slice of heaven called the Postcard Inn. This expansive oceanfront resort boasts two sparkling pools, private beaches, plenty of dining options, a marina, kayaks,
paddle boards, and so much more!
We have a room block available for attendees for  the discounted rate of $239 per night for a Classic King, or $249 per night for a Double Queen. We have a private Facebook group set up so you can find a roommate if
you'd like to share the cost of lodging. 
There's plenty to do on the property and in the surrounding area. At Postcard Inn, you'll enjoy the resort amenities, fire pits, world famous tiki bar, and watersports that are included with your stay. Nearby you can swim with the dolphins, take a sunset cruise, go deep sea fishing, or rent a boat and wave runners for the day.
S H A N D A  T R O F E
Shanda Trofe is an independent publisher and author coach specializing in book-writing and marketing strategies for authors, coaches, healers and entrepreneurs.

Her passion lies in helping those who are called to share a message with the world to find their voice and connect to their authentic, heartfelt story. She believes that a life rich with experience makes for a great message, and she enjoys working with authors throughout the entire process, from idea to publication.

Dedicated to success, Shanda will work closely with you to: Overcome the fear and self-doubt that tends to arise; move past the blocks that may hinder your progress; connect to your heart-center so your most authentic writing emerges; assist you through the entire process so you produce a high-quality book you’ll be proud to share with the world; and finally, create a business from your book, so sharing your message becomes the foundation of your life’s work.

As the President of Transcendent Publishing, Shanda has been helping authors realize their writing and publishing goals since 2012. She is the bestselling author of several books including The 2019 Book-Writing Planner and Authorpreneur: How to Build an Empire and Become the AUTHOR-ity in Your Business. She resides in Saint Petersburg, Florida with her loving husband and their two fur babies.

S U N N Y  D A W N  J O H N S T O N
Sunny Dawn Johnston is an acclaimed inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher, and psychic medium. She is the author of twenty books, including her flagship bestsellers, Invoking the Archangels and The Love Never Ends, which have become the cornerstones for many of her keynote topics such as intuition, mediumship, and the angelic realm.

Through her courses, private sessions, and live events, Sunny has grown and cultivated a diverse global community. Whether in-person or online, her strong mentorship encourages thousands of students to connect with their heart and the core of their being and guides them to experience life in a newer, more positive light.

Sunny is also the creator of the ELEV8 Your Life membership site, a virtual community focused on designing a high-vibrational life bursting with abundance, self-love, and joy. Leading the ELEV8 Your Life community, Sunny focuses on accountability, support, and guidance as the solid foundation of intentional and lasting transformation. All are welcome to join ELEV8 Your Life, where members have exclusive access to 18 years of her knowledge and teachings.

Sunny’s latest endeavor, SDJ Productions, has expanded her work beyond writing and speaking engagements and into publishing and producing. Her latest projects include two multi-author compilations, 365 Days of Angel Prayers and 111 Morning Meditations, with more releases expected in the near future.

In her spare time, Sunny is actively involved in the spiritual community and volunteers as a psychic investigator for the international organization FIND ME. This is a non-profit organization of Psychic, Investigative, and Canine Search & Rescue (SAR) volunteers collaborating to support law enforcement and families of missing persons and homicide victims.

Sunny resides in Glendale, Arizona with her loving family and a strong network of friends. A firm believer in work-life balance, she focuses on family, service, hard work, and friendship to encourage harmony in all areas of life.
M E L I S S A  K I M  C O R T E R
Melissa Kim Corter is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Author, and Speaker certified in over 20 other healing modalities. She helps clients release fear & clear away the emotional clutter from their life experiences. Through various modalities coupled with her heightened intuition, she connects with your spirit for expanded truth and guidance on how to shift limiting beliefs. The earth, moon, and elements have been a channel for deeper levels of healing and connection for Melissa, stirring a passion within her to teach others to embrace the natural world.

One of her renowned gifts is taking people into deep levels of relaxation through guided meditations and Hypnotherapy, projecting her voice to take you on a peaceful and transformational soul journey.

Melissa lives in Sedona, Arizona with her two fur-babies, husband of thirteen years and their amazing son. She works with private clients, teaches classes online and hosts workshops and retreats all over the country and beyond.
R O B I N  H A R N E D
Robin Harned is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Hatha Yoga Instructor, Ordained Minister, and Certified Mind Body Spirit Practitioner.

Robin offers Chakra Clearing Reiki sessions to her clients with the main focus on the 7 Chakras.

These 7 energy centers hold answers to physical experiences you may be having in your body and give you a deeper insight to the emotional components that may be living in various areas.

Chakra Clearings offer you a sense of clarity, release and vitality long after the session.
"Going to Shanda's retreat was foundational to getting to the finish line with my book publication.  During the retreat she brought us through all of the technical aspects to self-publishing, such as how it works and how easy it is, but she also brought us through the emotional aspects of writing a book and how to work through those moments.  She helped us to start the foundational process of writing a book and then how to continue the momentum through the days and weeks of future writing.  When I got home, I had an outline of my book and I knew what I needed to do to get it done.  I hired Shanda to support me and coach me after the retreat and I know that there is no way that I could have completed it without her cheering me on through the process.  If I write another book, I will go back and start the process over with her because it was such a great experience.  I definitely recommend the retreat if you are thinking of writing a book and don't know what to do next.  You will come out of it with answers and a great support system!"

~Wendy Benning Swanson, bestselling author of
Finding Joy After Loss

"Write in Paradise Retreat is an opportunity of a lifetime! Experts Shanda Trofe and Sunny Dawn Johnston share their expertise in an intimate, beautiful setting of the Florida Keys. Friendships await your arrival!"

~Bonnie Larson, bestselling author of Flying So High
"The Write In Paradise Retreat with Shanda Trofe and Sunny Dawn Johnston was just the inspiration I needed to come out of a rut and get my creative groove back! I left feeling and STILL feel transformed. I learned wonderful tools to help me get on and stay on track to achieving my dreams and goals as an author and product creator and producer. Sign up!!"

~Katherine Glass
"The Write in Paradise Retreat helped me to step into my new role as an author! I am ready for my first book to be released. I learned how to promote it and what additional products I can offer to support it. Shanda and Sunny have opened my eyes and expanded my horizons! I highly recommend this retreat for all new and
upcoming authors!"

~Kris Groth, bestselling author of Soul-iloquy
Writer's Retreat May 15-17, 2020
The weekend will kick off with a fireside "Meet & Greet" on Friday night.
The retreat will take place all day Saturday and a half day on Sunday.
Lunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday.
Your Investment:
Retreat = $1111
Optional VIP Day Add-On May 15th
For writers who want to take it to the next level. We'll discuss marketing, author platform, and the business side of authorship. Spend a half day working closely with Sunny and Shanda getting exclusive tips and intuitive guidance on your future goals. You'll leave VIP Day with a clear plan of action!
A light Breakfast and full Lunch will be served.

Y O U R  I N V E S T M E N T:
VIP Day = $555
Secure Your Spot Below:
Space is Limited. Your Deposit of $222 holds your spot in the retreat. If you'd like to add the optional VIP Day, an additional $111 deposit is due today. Once payment is received, we'll contact you to set up a monthly payment plan arrangement that meets your needs. However, the retreat and VIP Day must be paid in full by April 30, 2020.
NOTE: Flight and Lodging are NOT included in the price of the retreat.  We have a room block available at the Postcard Inn on a first come, first served basis. Classic Kings are $239 per night, and Double Queens are $249 per night.

We have a private Facebook group where you may connect with other attendees if you'd like to find a roommate or arrange a carpool. Islamorada is located approximately 1.5 hours south of the Miami International airport or two hours south of the Ft. Lauderdale airport. You may want to compare rates for both before booking your flight.

A light breakfast and full lunch ARE included. You'll be on  your own for dinner but we usually try to go somewhere fun as a group. We will also offer optional group excursions in the evenings.

REFUND POLICY: Refunds are available minus a $99 administrative fee up to 120 days from the start of the retreat. No refunds will be given once we are 120 days out.
Are airfare and lodging included in the price or the retreat? 
No, airfare and lodging are not included in the cost of the retreat. However, we have a room block available at the Postcard Inn for the discounted rate of $239 per night for Classic Kings, and $249 per night for Double Queens on a first come, first served basis. You are welcome to stay at another hotel, and there are many in the area, although we always recommend our attendees stay on the property along with us to get the full experience.

What if I need to cancel? Will I get my money back?  
Refunds are available minus a $99 administrative fee up to 120 from the start of the retreat. No refunds will be given once we are 120 days out.
Is transportation provided from the airport? 
No, but we have a private Facebook group so you can connect with other retreat attendees should you want to find a roommate or carpool. Islamorada is located approximately 1.5 hours south of the Miami International airport or two hours south of the Ft. Lauderdale airport. You may want to compare rates for both before booking your flight. Both airports offer rental cars and there are two local shuttle services for an additional fee: Emerald Transportation and Keys Shuttle.
Can I bring my spouse or significant other? 
We don't have a problem with that and many attendees have brought a loved one in the past. While they won't be able to attend the retreat, they are welcome to join us in the evening for optional group excursions. There is plenty for them to do on the property and in the surrounding area while we are in session.
Are meals included? 
A light breakfast and full lunch will be served each day. You'll be on your own for dinner, but we usually try to go somewhere as a group as an optional evening activity.
What if I'm not a seasoned writer? Is this retreat for me? 
The retreat is open to writers of all levels, from published authors to first time writers. Even if you don't consider yourself a writer just yet, we'd be willing to bet you have a message to share. There's a reason you were called to this page after all! 
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