Wild + Free Franklin, TN - SOLD OUT

September 20-21, 2024 | The Factory at Franklin

It's our 10th anniversary as a community, and we're coming back to Franklin, TN for our fall conference on September 20-21! Join 900 Wild + Free mamas for two days of insight, inspiration, and community.

This gathering will feature main-stage keynotes, great music by Aubrey & Jen, 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.

Sally Clarkson
@sally.clarkson

Leslie Martino
@lesliemmartino

Erin Loechner
Author of The Opt Out Family

Richele Baburina
@rbaburina

Amber O'Neal Johnston
@heritagemomblog

Ainsley Arment
@ainsl3y

Torrie Oglesby
@torrie_oglesby

Bethany Douglass
@cloisteredaway

Aubrey & Jen

Aubrey and Jen McGowan are high school sweethearts-turned-married soul mates who fill their home with music, babies, love, and laughter. 

They write songs that tell the story of their lives and carry all the musical influences of their sweet Tennessee homeland. When not performing together, Aubrey & Jen can be found wrangling their kids, chickens, and dog at their country home, which is always undergoing a remodeling project. 

You can find their EP of original songs wherever music is sold.

aubreyandjen.com
@aubreyandjen

 

The Prams 

This dream-pop duo is made up of husband-and-wife Jesse and Alta Keller who are based in Nashville where they make beautiful music and babies. 

Alta, also known as Elta, showcased her solo electronic talent with the 2023 release "slow season." Jesse, an accomplished film composer, gained recognition for projects like "The Listening Road" and “The Luckiest Man" and is set to score the 2024 documentary "Croft." 

Together, Jesse and Alta create music that weaves stories of love, conflict, loss, hope, and adventure into every song. Their emotive music has featured on platforms like Netflix, Hulu, TLC, ABC, BRAVO, and MTV. 

@wearetheprams

Group Leader Gathering

We want to celebrate and encourage our official Wild + Free group leaders with a gathering hosted before our our Franklin conference. Come and connect with fellow group leaders from across the country, to learn from seasoned group leaders, and renew our hearts for this community.

Conference attendees who are official Wild + Free group leaders will receive an invitation and RSVP link at the beginning of July.

Time: Friday, September 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Location: Harbor + Union located in The Factory
Cost: Free to official Group Leaders

Friday Afternoon Symposium

Before the conference begins, we're hosting an optional pre-event Symposium on Friday, September 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at the gorgeous Harbor + Union venue located in The Factory.

With space for just 150 attendees, this gathering will feature talks by Bethany Douglass, Richele Baburina, and Mandy Davis. Registered attendees will have a chance to sign-up in July.

Time: Friday, September 20 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: Harbor + Union located in The Factory
Cost: $49 which includes materials and refreshments

*Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

Conference Schedule

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 20

1:30 PM – Group Leader Gathering at H+U (free for group leaders)
3:00 PM – Pre-Event Symposium at Harbor + Union (add-on)
5:00 PM – Conference Check-in Begins
5:30 PM – Doors Open & Maker Market Open
7:00 PM – Opening Session Begins
9:00 PM – Dismiss

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

8:00 AM – Doors Open 
9:00 AM – Morning Session
10:15 AM – Break
10:45 AM – Mid-Morning Session 
12:15 PM – Lunch on Your Own 
1:30 PM – Afternoon Session
3:00 PM – Break
3:45 PM – Final 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.

Location

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

Conference Prices

EARLY RATE
Before July 31

REGULAR RATE
After July 31

$249

$289

Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

 Wild + Free Maker Market

Each year at Wild + Free Franklin, we host a Maker Market in the Heritage Room at the Factory. The market is meant for makers or sellers of actual handmade goods, rather than corporate products, curriculum, or essential oils, for example. To apply for a spot in our market, click here.

For the first time, we're also welcoming a few select sponsors to be a part of the conference. This is for companies and organizations that serve homeschooling families with resources, products, and other services. To request to become a sponsor, email Becca at [email protected].

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).

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.

On Volunteers:

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 with humble hearts, joyful spirits, and a strong work ethic to join our team. To apply to become a volunteer, click here.

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 to another woman but are non-refundable. Tickets are not transferable to any other event. To sell your ticket, 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 of handcrafted, handmade goods, rather than corporate products, curriculum, or essential oils. To apply click here. If you are a company that serves homeschooling families, you can request to be one of a few select sponsors by emailing [email protected].

You can email [email protected] with any other questions.

Aloft Franklin
7109 South Springs Drive
Franklin, TN 37067 (map)

Rate: $124-134/night

Drury Plaza Hotel Franklin
1874 W McEwen Drive
Franklin, TN 37067 (map)


Rate: $161/night

Embassy Suites Cool Springs
820 Crescent Centre Drive
Franklin, TN 37067 (map)

Rate: $189/night
Parking: $10/night

Fairfield Inn & Suites Franklin
350 Paris Drive (map)
Franklin, IN 46131

Rate: $199/night

Hampton Inn & Suites Franklin
7141 S Springs Drive (map)
Franklin, TN 37067

Rate: $149/night

Home2 Suites Franklin
107 International Drive
Franklin, TN 37067 (map)

Rate: $169/night

Hyatt House Franklin
3501 Mallory Lane (map)
Franklin, TN 37067

Rate: $139-159/night

TownePlace Suites Franklin
7153 S Springs Drive (map)
Franklin, TN 37067

Rate: $209/night

Staybridge Suites Franklin
3601 Mallory Lane (map)
Franklin, TN 37067 37067

Rate: $144/night

Volunteer Team

At each Wild + Free conference, we have a small but mighty team of women who volunteer to serve the 900 mamas in attendance. We're looking for women with humble hearts, joyful spirits, and a strong work ethic to join our team. To apply to become a volunteer, click here.

Please keep in mind we receive quite a lot of applications, so we can't guarantee a spot. But the application helps us choose the right team.