Lorna Doomun

Lorna Doomun

Lorna Doomun is an artist, a philomath, and one of the original founders of The Open School. Lorna’s life journey has been eclectic after moving to the United States from the small island of Mauritius over 30 years ago. While growing up and being educated under the British education system, she continuously questioned the motives of the system and its impositions on the innate freedom of children. Years later, she was faced with the same anxieties about the education system while she raised her two children. In 2012, after reading The Sudbury Valley School Experience, she intercepted Cassi Clausen’s flag calling for anyone interested in setting up a democratic school in Orange County, California, and joined the endeavor to create a democratic school. It was with enthusiasm that Lorna collaborated with the original founders of The Open School, setting up the non-profit status and participating in the vision creation and initial fundraising efforts. Life took her on some twists and turns away from The Open School endeavor and led her to explore other experiences and growth opportunities such as discovering her artistic expression through painting, being the assistant to a renowned local artist, co-teaching mandala painting workshops, and volunteering in a semi self-sustaining community in Costa Rica for eight months. In 2023 she found her way back to The Open School and joined as a staff member.

Lorna has a bachelor’s in accounting from San Francisco State University and had a career in finance. She enjoys silent walks, writing, swimming, and learning and applying psycho-spiritual approaches to her life and relationships. She also deeply values her meditation practice.

Lorna serves the school in the following roles: on-campus staff, school administration.