Free spirit Mat a genuine survivor
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.