Darnell Lamont Walker leading Rituals Writing Workshop
Photo credit: Reya Borbridge, Lead Cook
Our Famously Delish Overnight Oats

Here’s an idea! Start your day with the things they say we should eat... but have a hard time getting into our diet right out of the gate. What do you say?

Our famously delicious Overnight Oats are popular and quite nutritious, packing plenty of fiber, healthy fats, and good carbohydrates to keep your energy and mind attuned to your stay, whether you’re in for a workshop, a soak in the baths, or a meander through the garden. 

These Overnight Oats are a hit at the Lodge, but you can easily make them at home for breakfast or an afternoon snack. There’s no cooking, like you would do for hot oatmeal. You also won’t have massive cleanup, because you’ll make and eat from the same dish!

Best part? You can make these oats custom to your taste. 


  • Add sweeteners, like agave or stevia
  • Add powders: matcha, cocoa, spirulina
  • Add spices: turmeric, cinnamon
  • Add berries and nuts (Sliced almonds, anyone?)

Overnight Oats

Yields: 2 cups 
Prep time: 5 minutes to prep, then overnight


  • ⅓ c coconut yogurt 
  • ½ c rolled oats 
  • ⅓ c almond milk (or any non-dairy milk) 
  • 2 Tbsp maple Syrup 
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds 
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. In a container of your choosing (like big mason jars!), whisk together wet ingredients, then gradually mix in the dry ingredients.
  2. Mix well, and cover your container with a lid.
  3. Leave in the refrigerator overnight to soak. 

Enjoy for breakfast the next morning or a snack later in the day!

“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.” 

“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”

“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“

“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”

“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“

“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
–David B.

“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”

“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
–David Z.

Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.

What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?


Esalen Team