Hi Richard–Sorry for the confusion, and your questions are entirely appropriate.
You’ll need to take the 9-day Fundamentals with CFM or our Affiliates, There are no training sites in Chicago. There are a few teachers that I know in Chicago and my sense was that there was a practice community forming–but that may not be true. I offered it as a way to stay connected in your locale, but not for training. I suggest you call the teacher(s) and check with them if you’re looking for community. As for retreats, you should check out our website for applicable retreats, and unfortunately I’m not familiar with any retreat sites in the mid-west.
Unfortunately, for most people travel is required for both retreats and trainings.
Happy to support your inquiry, Richard. And again, I hope this is helpful.