Deb Phelps, C.MI., RYT


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., RYT
Founder of Meditation Stepping Stones and Meditate Madison Studio

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. She has practiced yoga since 1996 and is a Yoga Instructor with a focus on Mindful, Gentle and Restorative Yoga, including Chair Yoga.

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 on facilitating support for others. She also provides Yoga Instruction, Spiritual Life Coaching and One-on-One Meditation Instruction.

Deb is based in Madison, Wisconsin


Meditation and Mindfulness

University of Holistic Theology, Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT.

  • Certification Focus: Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Exercises, Sean Fargo, former Buddhist monk

  • Mentorship and Certification Focus: LovingKindness and Mindfulness

Skillful Mind, Peter Radcliffe, former Buddhist monk

  • Certification Focus: Mindfulness and Meditation
  • In addition, I currently act as the North America Leader/Administrator

Transformation Meditation Institute, Sherri “Shree” Wade, M.A. 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)


My Vinyasa Practice, Michelle Young, M. Ed, E-RYT 200, 500 RYT, Yoga Therapist IT

  • Completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training
  • Vinyasa, Hatha

Aura Wellness Center, Dr. Paul Gerard, E-RYT 500

  • In Process – 240-hour Chair Yoga Training

 Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance

Laughter Wellness

Laughter Wellness Institute

  • In-Process – Laughter Wellness Facilitator