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 English, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and South Korean. She has also written the book WunderWelt ohne Geld.
On Heidemarie’s website you can find more information on her thoughts, her life and her experience with living without money.