Our Guides

Mission Statement: We believe “Meditation is Everyone” thus our mission is to provide a serene, safe, and welcoming space where students can explore various methods of meditation and mindfulness to develop their own personal meditation practice. We assist students on their journey to inner peace step by step. Through the transformation that meditation bestows, students can create a calm and peaceful mind, an open and compassionate heart, and a feeling of self-acceptance in their lives.

As a lifelong learner, I appreciate learning various meditation techniques. I am open to new and exciting approaches to a practice that has graced my life since the age of 16.

I hope to continue to inspire others to embrace sitting on the cushion and taking the time for peace. I know from just teaching my spiritual classes that there is a desperate need right now for a calmer way to live in our seemingly chaotic world.

I have had many tragedies in my life, and I know meditation is what continued to help me to heal over the years. I am committed to assisting you in bringing the same transformation into your life so you may experience a steady calm and sense of peace.

Additionally, I will introduce you to other healing arts practitioners (yoga, etc.) that will enhance your life with their gifts.

~ Deb Phelps, C.MI. Founder of Meditation Stepping Stones and Meditate Madison


Deb Phelps, C.MI.


Deb has studied and practiced meditation since 1980.

In 38 years, she has studied a wide range of different meditation traditions: Mindfulness, Hindi, Buddhist, Centering Prayer, Native American, Modern Psychology, Yoga, and A Course in Miracles, to name a few. She has several certifications both in meditation and mindfulness. Two of which she was mentored by former Buddhist monks. As a lifelong learner, she continues to attend training for personal and professional growth, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). (See all certifications and training below) She is currently enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training.

Deb has recorded numerous audios and videos related to meditation and its practice. She currently hosts a meditation podcast –“Meditation Pebbles: Five Minutes to Inner Peace.” Find Deb’s meditations on the Insight Timer app.

She is the founder of Meditation Stepping Stones and its studio, Meditate Madison, as well as the co-founder, spiritual director and minister of the MiraclesOne Center for A Course in Miracles. Deb has worked with non-profit organizations since 1993, with the focus of facilitating support for others. She also provides Spiritual Life Coaching and One-on-One Meditation Instruction.

Deb is based in Madison, Wisconsin

Certifications and Trainings

  • University of Holistic Theology – C.MI. with Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT.
    • Certification Focus: Mindfulness
  • Sean Fargo, former Buddhist monk with “Mindfulness Exercises”
    • Mentorship and Certification Focus: LovingKindness
  • Peter Radcliffe, former Buddhist monk with “Skillful Mind”
    • Certification Focus: Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Transformation Meditation Institute with Sherri “Shree” Wade and “Brijendra” Bob Eaton
    • Certification and Study Focus:
      • Transformation Meditation
      • Essence of Patanjali
      • In the Stillness of Breath: Praanaayaam for Meditators
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Saki Santorelli & Florence Meleo-Meyer
  • Awakening Joy with James Baraz of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  • The Heart of Mindfulness with Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown of Naropa University
  • Buddhism Through Its Scriptures with Dr. Charles Hallisey of HarvardX
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Summit (32 presenters)

Deb is the SkillfulMIND North American Leader/Administrator and uses their meditation programs for some of her meditation classes.

Sarah Kangas


What does the word ‘yoga’ mean to you? What emotions or visions does it evoke? When most people think of yoga, images of unattainable flexibility or an overwhelming thought of “I can’t do yoga, I can’t even touch my toes!” may come to mind. My aim as a yoga instructor is to break the stigma or barriers preventing people from practicing yoga; often the people who don’t practice yoga are the ones who need it the most! Our practice changes throughout our life so it’s okay to let our bodies ebb and flow with those changes. Yoga is a path for every body and not just those who are already flexible!

My yoga journey began nearly 10 years ago as a physical supplement to my normal gym routine. I started practicing regularly in a yoga studio about three years ago and fell in love with hot yoga. I fell in love with it so much that I decided to obtain my 200hr YTT! After completing my year long studies through Alignment Yoga Studio and registering with Yoga Alliance, I learned I’ve just barely scraped the surface. There is a whole world I’ve yet to discover in the realm of yoga and want to learn all that I can about it so I can share my knowledge with others!

Sarah is based in Madison, Wisconsin and teaches at Meditate Madison studio.

Allison Heistand-Phelps


Allison was exposed to meditation at a young age, being Deb’s daughter.

Allison studied at Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired contemplative University in Boulder, Colorado where mindfulness meditation is a core component of Naropa’s philosophy.

While at Naropa, she earned her Bachelor of Arts of Contemplative Psychology and Visual Arts: Concentration in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology and a Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling & Psychology: Concentration in Art Therapy. She is also a Registered Psychotherapist in Colorado. Allison is currently studying to be a certified Meditation Instructor.

Allison is based in Denver, Colorado area.


Meditation Stepping Stones/Meditate Madison (MSS/MM) provides meditation instruction and meditations as self-help, self-improvement, learning, motivation, relaxation and de-stressing aids.  They do not constitute a replacement for medical or psychological treatment and MSS/MM neither expresses nor implies any claims to the contrary.