If you are able to come to New Orleans and spend the day you could take some time soaking it all up, looking through the books, viewing all the products and tools...and ask questions to your hearts content!
Start making a list of questions in a notebook now. Bring the notebook with you. I will be happy to help you get started on your own.
You don't have to begin with a coven. It takes time to find a coven where you will be safe. I can make some recommendations for covens in our area and I will be glad to tell you who is who. Just be certain that it is much better to be alone than to be in bad company. I can help you establish your own legitimate practice...help you learn how to learn and most importantly, how to discern. Then you will be better equipped to locate and make contact with a potential coven.
The only thing I need from you is to let me know the day before that you are coming so I can wrap my head around it....that way I will be mentally prepared to lay all the juicy stuff on you!
You are probably going to want to buy a few books and some of the basic tools so you can get started right away. I think you could go home with a ton of goodies for less than $100....I don't think you should spend more than $80...It is hard not to get excited and want to buy it all....but you should only buy the things you need at the moment...don't buy too much in advance...
Let me know when you are heading my way. Call me on the shop phone anytime between noon and 6pm, 7 days. 504-581-7711