One Couple’s journey into Living without Money

By Seeds for Change on Thursday February 18th, 2016

The power of trusting yourself in every situation

We have been travelling without money for over twenty years. In ’93 we gave everything away and began our journey. That year I gave my home to the person who wanted it. Allan gave all his possessions to the Steiner school he worked at. Giving gives such joy. You must be prepared to let go, attachment you don’t need.

We travelled without any money for about two and a half years until the government caught up with us. They got stressed because we hadn’t applied for our pensions. We lived with no money, we walked until we were offered shelter, we fasted until we were fed.

Travelling with just one bag with two pair of knickers and two T-shirts was a challenge, but it never ever stopped me from trusting.

This is okay, this is what I’m meant to be doing.

Couple sitting on bench at beachTravelling with just one bag

Living Abundantly without Money

In the end we gave in and took our pensions. We never use that pension, we give it all away, I don’t have a need for it. They say we must, so we do what they like and they’re happy. Everything I have is given to me, because I give. But I don’t give expecting, I just give.

We would be asked to give workshops and personal sessions around the world. We never told them we’d work for no money beforehand. We allowed them to give. In the end we would say: It’s all yours. If you can, look for a project that deserves it. Maybe it’s a family in need, whatever you find from your heart, help them. This was Polish money, it was Indian money, it didn’t matter where we were, it belonged to those people, not to us. We didn’t need it.

Couple holding handsAll we need is love

It makes my heart sing when somebody says: I am awake, I have woken up. Everybody would like you to stay asleep, to not realise who you are. You’ve given yourselves the opportunity to find out who you are, without being in the mundane nine to five, pay your bills system. You are free now, and your decisions come from your heart, not from your head. That’s what makes it beautiful.

The Power of Trusting Yourself

Our seed for change?

Find still time, by that I mean be in your own company and listen. Don’t expect messages to come in a particular way. Believe in You, for nobody knows You better than You. Do a little mantra every day: I believe in me, I love and trust myself.

Every day, a thousand times if you like. The more you say it, the more it becomes a way of being. It’s simple, it’s so damn simple. We can only do it with love, with violence it’s been tried and it doesn’t work.

– Maria and Allan

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I think it’s wonderful that they have no need or desire for money and things, have peace, are happy and give of their knowledge and time. But….when you fast until someone feeds you and walk until someone houses you…..and I would assume they wash their clothes and shower at others homes…you’re basically using other people’s money and and resources. Ya know? Personally…..I get it. I love the idea of living simpler and being more spiritual, but if they were 20 years old, they’d be called couch-surfers, bums or wastes.

Bladud Fleas
Bladud Fleas

I feel it’s a tad light on detail.

Heart thinking is nearly always short term, head thinking for long term, I’m certain one should complement the other and not be in conflict. The joy is in both feeling and knowing you’re doing the right things and minimising regret.

Ayelet Hashachar Zimmerman
Ayelet Hashachar Zimmerman

wow !!!

Pure BS or Something Different
Pure BS or Something Different

I have no opinion other than most of us don’t consciously choose to give everything away. I would help them if I met them. They probably have a very mellow, loving vibe which I am always attracted to in others. Besides proving directly to themselves that the universe supports them and they support the universe … natural flow of life. Sweetness.


If it was Polish money or Indian money, how did they get to Poland or India?

Amy Giomi-Bingenheimer
Amy Giomi-Bingenheimer

It’s dangerous and reckless. There have to be alternative ways to live a “less is more” lifestyle.


They are sharing resources. Giving and receiving. By traveling and talking about their way of life, graciously giving their pension away, By just being, they are giving. The fact that they are living this way is giving, because they are showing humanity a different way of being that shows how it all works underneath all the current systems of exchange of money/energy. But they are coming from a place of abundance and that is why they are so successful. <3