The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
Psychedelics and The Kooky Side of Crazy with Ryan Althaus

Re-creation through recreation. Our guest is Rev Ryan Althaus and topics include mental health, spirituality and psychedelics. Ryan starts by describing his history with mental health issues and says his goal now is to get his laugh back by recognizing that maybe he is not crazy but kooky. He describes some of his psychedelic experiences and how they helped him to learn how to surrender and to open to more of a sense of playfulness and innocence. We touch on yoga, breathwork, spirituality and daydreaming. We end by going back and forth sharing our recent dreams.

NOTE: I am collecting recordings of people speaking their dreams out loud to play on future shows. Please send audio or video files to katherine(at)

The Kooky Side of Crazy airs every other Thursday at 6pm at or recordings can be found here:

BIO: Rev Ryan Althaus is the Regional Presbyterian Hunger and Inclusivity affiliate of the National Presbyterian church, an up and coming author, and leader of Sweaty Sheep — a local ministry rooted in the utilization of recreation as a means of uniting our a diverse community of faiths, abilities, and labels. Ryan is also an advocate of mental health awareness and destigmatization, and this passion has motivated his management of a 14 person sobriety home in Santa Cruz and his hosting a bi-weekly radio show, ‘The Kooky side of Crazy,’ Thursday evenings on KSQD 90.7FM. Captain Mango, as his salty sailing fellowship calls him, is a coast guard licensed Captain who hosts free sailing excursions on his 40 ft. Catamaran for individuals with disabilities, in the addiction recovery process, or working their way out of homelessness. He is also the Minister of Interfaith Relations of the Santa Cruz Unitarian Fellowship and you can learn more about his programs, listen to past sermons,  find links to his writings, and more at and contact him at 443-223-7334 or

We play clips from the following guest-selected song: Kooky Little Coconut by Brent Holmes.

Ambient music created by Rick Kleffel new every week. Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show, to Tony Russomano for answering the phones and to Ewa Malady for audio editing.

Show aired on April 9, 2022.


The Dream Journal is produced at and airs on KSQD Santa Cruz, 90.7 FM, streaming live at 10-11am Saturday mornings Pacific time.  Catch it live and call in with your dreams or questions at 831-900-5773 or at

If you want to contact Katherine Bell with feedback, suggestions for future shows or to inquire about exploring your own dreams with her, contact, or find out more about her at

The complete KSQD Dream Journal podcast page can be found at

You can also check out The Dream Journal on the following podcast platforms:  Rate it, review it, subscribe and tell your friends.

Apple Podcasts

Google Play