Ive tried a few covens but never found the experiences good ones. Ive always felt uncomfortable in crowds and being forced to participate when i feel nervy was not a good experience for me.
I prefer Solitary as I can concentrate better and have more leeway to experiment and grow at my own pace. Im more into the natural ways so Solitary is a good way for me.
Coming from a reserved country that still frowns on "occult goings on" learning materials are hard to come by but out Mother teaches a lot if the eyes, ears and sences are open to it so I have a ready teacher right there, the internet is always available and my guides and guardian is always ready to treat singed fingers when things get a little haywire in crafting - so its all good.
I know the feeling of being the odd one out in a christian family - used to hide my cards and runes under the matress to avoid the inevitable fight. Solitary is only as lonely as you want it to be and I find that I always have teachers be they human or otherwise. You can learn alot on a Natures walk if your eyes and ears are open enough to Her Voice.
Coverns are Ok for formal teaching but I feel that it narrows the study field a bit - just like school sylabus. I prefer a Solitary path as the path ot the proverbial horizon is wider