Sarah Averill

Courage & Renewal Facilitator
Speaks English, Spanish

Sarah L. Averill is a physician educator at the University of Rochester, where she is the Vice Chair of Wellness and Inclusion in the Department of Imaging Sciences. She has experience developing wellness and inclusion policies and curricula within healthcare organizations. In addition, she is a licensed yoga instructor with wellness coaching certification from Cornell University. For the last several years, she has directed her energies towards teaching wellness practices within healthcare organizations, from mindfulness and meditation to fun and play to cultivating awe and wonder. In her Courage & Renewal facilitation, Sarah is devoted to offering welcome on the journey to wholeness.


Sarah lives in Western New York, where she enjoys gardening, singing, and cycling. She has two grown children who have flown the coop, but delightfully, they occasionally come home to bless her roost.

Favorite quote

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Howard Thurman

Book Recommendation

Hope in the Dark -- Rebecca Solnit 7,000 Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred --Mark Nepo, Map of My Heart -- John Porcellino

Where I'm Finding Inspiration

I'm finding inspiration in applying the principles and practices of the Center for Courage & Renewal at work, at home, and in the world at large, particularly in cultivating my capacity to do the inner work necessary to bring my whole self to the world.

What I Do For Fun, Rest, and Renewal

The waterways of Western New York are great places for rest and renewal, especially the Great Lakes and the Finger Lakes near where I live. Open-water swimming and observing life cycles in the garden are ongoing sources of renewal.

Organizations I've Worked With

The University of Rochester
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
The Iowa City Bike Library
The University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics