Lightwaves is a trauma-informed program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault that highlights writing as a way of healing. Participants write their own guided meditations, affirmations, and gratitude journals. Designed and taught for Ridgelines by local healer Terri Dennis, Lightwaves takes place at Centre Safe, formerly the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. In the spirit of doing work that is holistic and multi-directional, Terri has offered Lightwaves sessions to both clients and staff at Centre Safe: Lightwaves sessions are offered to Centre Safe’s Domestic Violence Survivor Support Group, as well as to their staff Wellness Group.
As of 2020, Lightwaves sessions are taught by local writer and educator Carolyne Meehan. Carolyne's workshops focus on mindfulness writing; she describes the sessions this way:
"We make lists, we set intentions, we write prose, poetry and narratives. We talk about the powerful act of paying attention. Sometimes we take a pause to close our eyes and tune in to our breath with creative meditations. We use writing as a way to notice beauty and to help us see the simple joys in our everyday life. When we set the timer for 5-7 minutes, grab a quick writing pen, and let our words spill out on the page, it is both gratifying and revealing to see what stories have taken shape."
Lightwaves offers survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault tools to foster stress reduction, increase the pleasure and health associated with writing, and encourage emotional management and healing. These tools enable participants not only to develop healthy inner lives, but to participate fully in civic life.
Carolyne Meehan teaches a digital Lightwaves session.