About Debra

Debra Moffitt is an author who leads workshops on writing, creativity, and spirituality, in the United States and worldwide. She is a faculty member of the Sophia Institute and the Esalen Institute, and her writings have appeared in publications around the world. She is the author of the award-winning book, Awake in the World, Garden of Bliss, and Riviera Stories. Her blogs appear on Beliefnet.com and Mallika Chopra's Intentblog.com​. Debra worked in international business until she felt a deeper calling to write. She speaks and writes in English, French, and Italian.


Her articles, essays and stories appear in publications around the globe and were broadcast by BBC World Services Radio. Debra’s work features regularly on Beliefnet.com, a US-based website on spirituality that estimates four million visitors a month, and her online workshops are available via DailyOm.com. Her first book, Awake in the World, received recognition on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living and also on the GMA/ABC News site. It was also acquired by publishers in Mexico, China and India. It won an IPPY Gold Medal in the category of Inspirational/Spiritual Books in 2012 and a Foreword Reviews "Book of the Year" Bronze Medal. Her books are published in Spanish, French (in 2016), Chinese (2016), Lithuanian, and more.


Debra has written for a broad range of print publications worldwide in English, French and Italian including: Lake Como Lifestyle (Italy), New Riviera-Côte d’Azur (France), Hors Ligne: Adventure, Luxury and Lifestyle Magazine (Switzerland), Architecture Week (U.S.A.), Today’s Charlotte Woman, and Southpark Magazine (U.S.A.). Topics include writing on architecture, sustainable travel, mindfulness and creativity, and interviews with top thought leaders including international best-selling author and philosopher, Alain de Botton; world renowned Swiss architect, Mario Botta; Buddhist teacher and author, Lama Surya Das; thought-leader, Sarah Susanka, "Ophrah's Pick" author and spiritual teacher, Mark Nepo, Carolyn Myss, and many others.


Recent Honors


Independent Book Publisher’s (IPPY Award) Gold Medal for the Book "Awake in the World"


Foreword’s Bronze Medal for the Book "Awake in the World"


Independent Book Publisher's (IPPY Award) 2014 for "Garden of Bliss"