Pre-Order Thebaid Book Store Now Closed

Prototype Cover Design - Actual cover may vary.

Welcome to the Online Store for The North American Thebaid Photographic Pilgrimage Book. 

Pre-Orders Ended March 11, 2024

Thank you for your prayers and support! 

As soon as the book is published, pre-orders will be distributed to our supporters who ordered through this store and through our Indiegogo and GoFundMe crowdfunding campaigns. Once pre-orders have been distributed, the Standard Hardcover Edition will be distributed through normal retail channels, and will be available from St. Tikhon's Bookstore and numerous other outlets across the Orthodox world.

We invite you to visit the official Thebaid Project Website, where you can sign up for email updates on the Thebaid book, and learn more about this unprecedented photographic pilgrimage to over thirty Orthodox Christian monasteries across the continental United States and Alaska.

You can also explore the dozens of online photo galleries with hundreds of images from Orthodox monasteries in North America, and learn more about Orthodox monasticism.

We can't wait to get the finished book into your hands, to share with you this beautiful and soul-stirring visual pilgrimage with its glimpses into the hidden way of Orthodox Christian monasticism.

Bookstore and Wholesale Requests — Please contact St. Tikhon's Monastery Press with queries about bookstore and wholesale purchases.


Primary travel and photography for the Thebaid Project extended from September 2016 through September 2018, with a few additional trips and images made up through Summer 2022.

Following publishing delays and a two-year setback due to the Covid-19 lockdowns, we are pleased to announce that the resulting book, The North American Thebaid, A Photographic Pilgrimage to Orthodox Christian Monasteries, Photographs by Ralph H. Sidway, is officially going to press, and will soon be published by St. Tikhon's Monastery Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania.

This large-format, fine-art "coffee table" book represents the culmination of a unique multi-year project, which has combined crowdfunding, social media, and an unprecedented photographic pilgrimage to over thirty Orthodox monasteries across the American continent and Alaska, to help raise awareness of and interest in the Orthodox Church and its ancient monastic traditions, and thus contribute to the "churching" of America.

NOTE:  Sample cover designs are shown throughout the Thebaid Store; the actual cover design may vary. 


All images © Ralph H. Sidway. All Rights Reserved.
Some specifications on the book are subject to change.

The North American Thebaid Photographic Pilgrimage Project 
was established in 2016 with the Blessing of His Eminence, the Most Rev. +Paul, late Archbishop of Chicago and the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America.