Where Community Meets Serenity.


The Heron House is a beautiful sanctuary that integrates the confluence of human, spiritual and environmental significance into the heart of community. It embraces joyful learning and personal growth opportunities through inner awareness, sociability and sharing while promoting healthy, compassionate and conscious living. 

The Heron House is host to workshops, movement classes, meditation, contemplative discussions, writing, guest speakers and study groups. Additionally, there are evenings of film screenings, live music and dance. Each occasion in its unique way offers diverse opportunities for healing, connection and community that supports its mission, 

“To Create Community Valuing Connection. “

We are an open, sustainable, engaged community


The Founders

Alan Sweazea & Julie West


The Heron House was founded by Alan Sweazea and Julie West in 2007, subsequent to the purchase and renovation of a historic home.  They had a vision for a community gathering place in a tranquil environment.

The vision of a ‘Great Good Place’ is reminiscent of an often forgotten sense of community that encourages connection, conversation, fellowship and support.                             

The Heron House is a hidden oasis treasured by many. It is nestled in a picturesque wildlife refuge on the dam between Lake Cheerful and Lake Garrett just of 32 miles north Atlanta.

We invite you to connect with us at the Heron House, where a warm welcome awaits you.


The Board Members

President: Alan Sweazea
Secretary: Karen McClaskey

Vice President: Gisela Schloss-Birkholz
Treasurer: Rev. Julie West

Directors: Pam Mckemie, Bowman Yager and Amira Judy Jones


Heron House History & Lore

Formerly called "The Stand" and originally owned by one of Mountain Parks first residents, Mayor Charlie Johnson. "The Stand" which was located on the front left of the house sold sundries, and was known to be one of the first establishments for four counties where beer could be purchased after prohibition. Located on the right portion of the house was Mountain Parks own dance hall and was where most of the beer was consumed. Also, on the premises was a free standing jail where the rowdy might be contained for the night.

Mountain Park has several sacred sites with portals where Ley lines cross. One such site is in the center of our sanctuary, which is why people feel so peaceful and reverent when they enter.