Who are we?
We are mother and daughter team Jean and Gabrielle Gooding (and Gabe’s daughters Rachel aged 10 and Meg aged 5).
We live in the suburb of Martin in the foothills to the south east of Perth Western Australia. (Perth is the world’s most isolated city being separated from the east coast of Australia by the Nullabor Desert and facing Africa across the Indian Ocean to the west.) We live on a 2 acre property adjacent to the Darling Range Regional Park with Gabe’s partner Paul Grove, a kennel full of Cocker Spaniels, a few Papillons, two sheep and several cats.
The place on which we reside was originally the land of the Nyungahr people in Western Australia and we acknowledge their links to the land and their ongoing spiritual relationship with the land.
Jean has a Science degree in Zoology with Honours in Veterinary Biology, while Gabe has a Science Degree in Microbiology with Honours in Veterinary Biology and a Masters in Business Administration.
We found the word Yunbeai (pronounced yun-bee-eye) in a book called Australian Legendary Tales which was full of dreamtime stories of Australia’s indigenous aborigines. In the dreamtime a man had several spirits to guide him including his dream spirit and his animal spirit (somewhat like a north American totem). The quote which caught our attention was as follows: “A man’s spirit is in his Yunbeai and his Yunbeai’s spirit is in him”.
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