I'm in the unfortunate position that I'm interested in Japanese martial arts employing weapons, but there aren't any teachers/dojos in my are that I can go to. And the ones that are far away aren't affordable enough to me (and despite possible advice, I don't want to drive an hour+ away for lessons). However, I don't have much interest in "empty hand" martial arts.
I don't have too much martial art background. I took escrima lessons for about 3 or 4 months and learned a few of the basics with the rattan weapons there. However, since I'm a Buddhist, I'm particularly interested in more of the meditative weapon arts, such as Iaido and Kyudo. Having said that I have an immense interest in Sojutsu (spear) and Naginatajtsu as well.
I am well aware that having a teacher is always the most preferable path. But are there any options available to me to learn any other of these arts? If so, which art form would be the most plausible to being self-taught? As of now, I'm not too interested in competing and this is purely for my own self-practice. I enjoy the "solitary" martial arts very much. Any advice?