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The documentary Living Without Money portraits the life of Heidemarie Schwermer, a German woman who made a deliberate choice to stop using money 16 years ago.
Heidemarie Schwermer was born in 1942 in Memel (former East Prussia). During World War II, she and her family came as refugees to Germany, where she grew up. She worked as a teacher for almost 20 years, before she left her position and became a psychotherapist. She has two children and three grandchildren.
In 1994 she founded the “Give and take central” – Germany’s first exchange circle. Two years later she gave away all of her belongings in order to make an experiment where she would live without using money. Slowly but surely she has managed to step out of the existing structures and find a new way of living, free of worries and possessions.
Heidemarie has published the book Das Sterntalerexperiment – mein Leben ohne Geld (“The sterntaler experiment – my life without money”) The book is translated into Italian, Spanish, Japanese and South Korean.
On Heidemarie’s website you can find more information on her thoughts, her life and her experience with living without money.
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Gurudongmar Lake or Gurudogmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,100 ft. It lies in the province of North Sikkim, India, only some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Chinese border.Gurudongmar lake provides one of the source streams of the Teesta River.The source of Teesta, the Tso Lhamo Lake(the highest lake in India, 18400ft), lies some 5 km (3.1 mi) to the east.The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months from November to Mid-May.
The lake is named after Padmasambhava(was a sage guru from Oddiyāna who is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Bhutan and Tibet and neighboring countries in the 8th century.), the Indian tantric Buddhist who conducted rituals here. It is said that this is why, even at the height of winter, one portion of the lake never freezes.Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism religion, visited many of the places where Padmasambhava prayed at, including this lake in North Sikkim.