Free spirit Mat a gen­uine sur­vivor

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

MONEY makes the world go round … or so many peo­ple say.

But that’s not the case for this young ac­tivist who spent a month with­out a dol­lar to his name while he trav­elled the east coast of Aus­tralia.

Mat Marsh, 24, also known as the Ce­les­tial Ser­pent, has cap­tured his as­ton­ish­ing jour­ney in his soon- to- be re­leased doc­u­men­tary Liv­ing With No Money.

Mat’s jour­ney be­gan last April in By­ron Bay where he trav­elled up the east coast to Cairns be­fore re­turn­ing to By­ron, us­ing only trade and barter to sur­vive.

His own self- pro­duced CD was his key trad­ing tool with lo­cals as well as phys­i­cal labour in ex­change for food, ac­com­mo­da­tion and other ne­ces­si­ties.

Mat said the ex­pe­ri­ence was truly eye­open­ing as it taught him how to sur­vive and make- do with­out the ev­ery­day fi­nan­cial sup­port.

“I had to get over a lot of my fears in terms of ask­ing for things or ask­ing for help,” Mat said.

“It was a se­ries of events, but I al­ways wanted to feel that free­dom.”

His orig­i­nal in­ten­tion was to find hap­pi­ness in the sim­plic­ity in life, think­ing out­side the box to pro­vide him­self with the liv­ing essen­tials.

Mat said the month- long jour­ney was more than he could have imag­ined as he ended up shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence with peo­ple he met along the way.

“It’s just re­ally in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore more or less the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and how you as­so­ciate with peo­ple,” Mat said.

“I had to re­ally get to know the per­son I was try­ing to trade with and work out what they needed and I needed.”

“I learnt a lot about just sur­viv­ing in my ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mat’s in­spir­ing doc­u­men­tary will be re­leased in Townsville while he is on tour with his By­ron based reg­gae band, Wan­der­ing Eyes.

To add to the cause Mat has an­nounced that all pro­ceeds raised from the doc­u­men­tary will be do­nated to char­ity.

Reg­gae mu­si­cian Mat Marsh has a unique doc­u­men­tary.

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