About me

Sophia Mae Tabassi

I am a mother of three, Franklin-method trainer, Noreia applier, jazz singer, and founder and head of the learning group “Waldeulen” (‘Wood Owls’ – a close-to-nature elementary school). Working with body and voice is inspiring, moving, and invigorating!

    • Born in 1977 in Heidelberg, Germany
    • Childhood in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)
    • High School in Hallein (SalzburgProvince) and Vienna
    • University of Vienna – Political Science; German, English and Russian Philology (without completing my teaching degrees)
    • Gustav Mahler Conservatory of Music – Jazz Voice Diploma
    • Training to become a Noreia essence consultant and applier of the metamorphic method
    • Three-year training program to acquire a Franklin Method trainer degree
    • Foundation of the “Waldeulen” Organization – an association for close-to-nature learning


Having grown up bilingually, with English and German, in the U.S.A. we moved to Austria, where I graduated from a language-oriented high school. In addition to English and Latin, I selected French and Russian as subjects. At that time, my childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor gradually faded, as I dedicated myself to Political Science, German, English and Russian. Eventually, however, music gained the upper hand, which had a very deep impact on me and turned my life around. In 2003, I graduated from the Gustav Mahler Conservatory, Vienna, obtaining a degree in Jazz Voice.

Since then, I’ve been an independent artist, composing music and writing lyrics as well as producing CDs. I won the Austrian Newcomer-Award 2006 with “sonic jazz”. In addition, I teach voice.

Teaching made me realize the possibilities of helping others in their processes of change, which, at the same time, led me to the curative domain – not least of all, due to my three children (Shayan 2004, Suradj 2007, und Said 2009) who brought about a tremendous change in my life, in just such a very short period of time.

In 2004, I began my education as a Noreia essence advisor with the teaching midwife and creator of Noreia essences (comparable to ‘Bachblüten’ or Californian blossom essences) Erika Christine Pichler. During this phase of my life, I produced the audio CD “Jani Joni Jachuene”, an old Native Indian birth song, in 2007.

2011, after three years of intensive training, I obtained a degree as a movement trainer, according to the Franklin Method (imaginative movement teaching system). During that training phase, I started the Movement, Imagination and Music (B.I.M.) project, in 2008, putting movement exercises and anatomical references of the Franklin Method to music. (For available CDs, see ‘Music’)

Once we arrived in MĂźnichsthal, I participated in various music projects, including some with Alexander Blach-Marius.

In May 2011 I founded the “Waldeulen” Organization, an association for close- to-nature learning for children.