In June or July of this year I intend to make a second visit and contingent postulancy with the Camaldolese of Monte Corona (Er. Cam), the only extant reformed order of the Camaldolese. The Camaldolese of Monte Corona are a more purely eremitical order than the Camaldolese, which are a branch of the OSB.
They are found in Italy (3) and Poland (2), Colombia, Venezuela, and the US.
This is the website (they do not use internet, so it is maintained by another). They have a lot of good books I would recommend. Alone with God, the Eremitic Life, Camaldolese Extraordinary (this includes Alone with God), etc… you could also read their Constitutions.
Are you speaking with an advisor about your decision? I assume by non-canonical you mean, on your own? From all I’ve read, especially in literature like Alone with God, it is not so preferred to be on your own. There are a variety of things to consider here, but principally for being sure to be on a proper spiritual path. We also consider it more “perfect” to live underneath a Rule.
I understand it is your decision, but I would be extremely wary of striking off on my own instead of taking on the yoke of a Rule and a Superior. Much monastic literature is written against this way of life because of the dangers inherent, as well as the severely diminished ability to practice humility and obedience under the Rule.
Within the Er. Cam., take into consideration that after a period of such and such a time, a hermit may go a step further. They may become a recluse. The recluse (there is usually only one in the entire Order at any point in time. I had the privilege of actually meeting him, since he was on his way back from a trip to the doctor) is scarcely seen by anyone save the Prior. If this is the sort of extreme solitude you’re seeking but you’re afraid to enter into a religious order, consider that it is achievable within the cloister.
Anyways, God be with you… contemplate seriously reading some of those books, if you can. I believe Silence to be free as a pdf although I have not read it and cannot vouch.
Edit: ah, I see that you are Old Catholic, and so ineligible to become a member of a Catholic religious order like Er. Cam. Gotcha. Well… if you have further questions I’d be happy to answer.