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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.

Our instructors have vast experience in meditation and mindfulness. It is integral to all they do.

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.

~ Deb Phelps, Founder of Meditation Stepping Stones


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 trainings for personal and professional growth, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to name one. (See all certifications and trainings below)

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 co-founder, spiritual director and minister of the MiraclesOne Center for A Course in Miracles. Deb also provides Spiritual Life Coaching and One-on-One 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.

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 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.