Deb Phelps, C.MI, MMT, 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. I am a proponent of “Yoga for All”.” That is Yoga for people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. As a yoga teacher, I want to make my individual and group classes a wonderful experience for every student that walks through my door. The last thing I want to do is to make a student feel frustrated, singled out, or ashamed on their yoga mat. I am a body positive teacher. Most of us, including myself, have non-traditional yoga bodies and we can be overwhelmed by a culture that fails to celebrate diversity or even offer a safe and sacred place for compassionate self-exploration. I want to shift the consciousness and share the message that everybody is beautiful, capable and deserving of a happy, healthy life. ~ Deb Phelps, C.MI, MMT, RYT Founder of Meditation Stepping Stones and Meditate Madison Studio

Deb has studied and practiced meditation since 1980. In 38 years, she has explored a wide range of different meditation traditions: Mindfulness, Hindi, Buddhist, Centering Prayer, Self-Realization Fellowship, Transformation Meditation, Hindi, 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; all as your Contemplative Practice Guide. Request an appointment today.

Deb is based in Madison, Wisconsin

Meditation and Mindfulness University of Holistic Theology, Stephen Rinaldi, D.MT.
  • Certification Focus: Mindfulness Meditation (C.MI)
Mindfulness Exercises, Sean Fargo, former Buddhist monk
  • Mentorship and Certification Focus: LovingKindness and Mindfulness (MMT)
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 Meditation Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee and Yoga International Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Saki Santorelli & Florence Meleo-Meyer Awakening Joy with James Baraz of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, also his Teacher Trainee Program in 2019 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)

Yoga 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 (CEU)
Yoga for All Teacher Training, Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500 and Amber Karnes, E-RYT 500
  • In Process – This training is important to me and to those I serve at Meditate Madison and those online. I’ll be focusing on a body-positive experience for you, my students. I’ll learn how to adapt yoga poses for any size, shape, and age. So, it doesn’t matter if you are in a larger or as we like to say in “Yoga for All” an abundant body, a senior body, or a differently-abled body. I am dedicated to creating an inclusive yoga experience for every student I teach. (CEU)
Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance

Sound Healing Sound Healing Academy
  • In-Process – Sound Healing with Crystal Bowls

Laughter Wellness Laughter Wellness Institute
  • In-Process – Laughter Wellness Facilitator