September 15-16, 2023 | The Factory
We're coming back to one of our places, Franklin, TN for our annual fall conference on September 15-16! Join nearly 900 Wild + Free mamas for two days of insight, inspiration, encouragement, and community.
This gathering will feature main-stage keynotes, great music by The Hunts, a maker market, access to The Factory's very own farmer's market right outside the door, and some big surprises we can't wait to share!
We may not all homeschool the same, but we're in this together.
The Hunts are an indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters who just happen to have been homeschooled.
Born and raised in the south lands of Chesapeake, VA, the siblings grew up in a musical home and fell in love with composing their own music.
The band members include: Josh (guitar, lead vocals), Jenni (violin, lead vocals), Jonathan (keys, vocals), Jordan (drums, vocals), Justin (bass, vocals), Jamison (mandolin, vocals) and Jessi (viola, banjo, vocals).
They pour their blood, sweat and tears into every song and strive to write music that moves hearts with beauty, power and joy. | @thehuntsmusic
Each year, we give the Wild + Free Legacy Award to a mother for a lifetime of heart-led homeschooling. We recognize a mother who has graduated her children and has inspired others with her character, devotion, and heart.
Often, the work of motherhood goes unrecognized until long after the kids are grown. This is why we want to call attention to these noble women.
The 2020 recipient was Toni Weber.
The 2021 recipient was Gaye Keough.
The 2022 recipient was Sally Clarkson.
We're excited to announce the recipient of this year's Wild + Free Legacy Award at the 2023 Franklin, TN conference.
We'll release the actual schedule of presenters to attendees as the event gets closer. Until then, here is a general schedule for the conference:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
5:00 PM – Check-in Begins
5:30 PM – Doors Open
7:00 PM – Opening Night Session
9:00 PM – Dismiss
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
8:00 AM – Doors Open
9:00 AM – Morning Session
10:15 AM – Break
10:45 AM – Main Session
12:15 PM – Lunch on Your Own
1:30 PM – Main Session
3:00 PM – Break
3:45 PM – Afternoon Session
5:00 PM – Dismiss
Please note: Tickets are transferable but non-refundable. Transfer instructions are located on the e-tickets and at this link.
Friday afternoon gatherings: Stay tuned for several (optional) opportunities to connect with others, including Wild + Free group leaders.
We're meeting at The Factory at Franklin, a beautiful mixed-use retail and entertainment space in the heart of this charming southern town:
The Factory at Franklin
230 Franklin Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Franklin is home to quaint retail shops, horse farms, restaurants... and if you look closely, you're likely to spot a country music artist dining in town.
Learn more at VisitFranklin.com | @thefactoryatfranklin
Before July 31
After July 31
Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.
We've arranged a discounted room rate with the Drury Plaza Hotel in Franklin for $161 per night for both kings and double queens. Use the booking link below, and the discounted rate will be applied:
Drury Plaza Hotel - Franklin (map)
1874 W McEwen Dr
Franklin, TN 37067
On Fathers and Children:
While we value the vital role of fathers in homeschooling and we love children, this event is for women only (nursing infants are welcome).
We do not have a partner hotel for this event and encourage you to look for discount hotel sites, as well as AirBnB, for local accommodations.
On Parking and Transportation:
Please know there is a farmer's market that meets on the grounds of The Factory on Saturday mornings, so parking will be limited. We encourage you to take Lyft or Uber or carpool with others to the venue if possible.
At each Wild + Free conference, we have a small but mighty team of women who volunteer to serve the nearly-900 mamas in attendance. We're looking for women who have a desire to roll up their sleeves and pour into other mamas at the event. - (All of our volunteer spots are now filled.)
On Matters of Faith:
Some of our presenters are women of faith, others are not. Everyone is welcome, but we realize this event might not be the right fit for those who want an exclusively faith-based event or an exclusively secular event.
On Cancellations and Refunds:
Tickets are transferable but non-refundable. You can transfer them to any other woman if you're not able to attend. Simply look for buyers at #wildandfreefranklin and transfer your ticket to the purchaser with instructions provided on the ticket - or at this link.
On the Maker Market:
We're looking for makers or sellers of actual handmade goods, rather than corporate products, curriculum, or essential oils. To apply click here.
You can email email@example.com with any other questions.
Each year at Wild + Free Franklin, TN, we host a Maker Market where mamas can showcase and sell their handmade offerings. We're looking for makers or sellers of actual handmade goods, rather than corporate products, curriculum, or essential oils, for example.
We're offering three different sponsorship packages. You can choose between just a booth space or an enhanced package that includes a full-page ad in our souvenir notebook. All of our packages include the opportunity to give attendees a special surprise in their shwag bags.