LIGHTWAVES

Lightwaves is a Ridgelines program for women who are impacted by stigma and injustice 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 will take place this year at Centre Safe, formerly the Centre County Women’s Resource Center. In the spirit of doing work that is holistic and multi-directional, Terri will teach this program in 2019 to both clients and staff at Centre Safe: Lightwaves sessions will be offered throughout the spring and summer to Centre Safe’s Domestic Violence Survivor Support Group, as well as to their staff Wellness Group. This year’s iteration of Lightwaves offers survivors of domestic violence—and those who serve them— 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. The opportunity for such civic participation is built directly into the program, which culminates with a day-long introduction to facilitation open to all 2019 Lightwaves participants—in this way we train future Lightwaves facilitators, helping participants to step into community leadership roles.