I'm the original poster, so here is a follow up:
I met today with my diocese's vocation director. He was extremely helpful and very nice; put me at ease (yes, my heart was pounding!) He basically wanted to know how did I become aware of eremetic life, what was I doing to pursue it and discern it. He was encouraging about becoming a diocesan hermit (
So the next thing he suggested I do is to speak to my priest and get his approval (or at least that he doesn't have any objections) and go from there.
Thank you all to who responded to my post! It was all very helpful!