John Denver was often a man ahead of his time. He had a brilliant idea about sustainable living back in the late 70s. He bought an old monastery and some acreage and turned it into the Windstar Foundation, a working model for sustainability.
Windstar had a working power generating windmill, a sustainable watershed and John and his friends had an idea that could transform the world. He worked closely with a genius who became his friend, his mentor, and his brother. The Genius’s name was Buckminster Fuller. You may not recognize the name but you might recognize his work, the Bucky Ball and the geodesic dome, not to mention more than 30 published books.
At one point during the heyday of the Windstar foundation. John and his team built a working scale geodesic dome for the purpose of creating a sustainable ecosystem. The idea of sustainable societies and environments was a driving force that propelled the Windstar Foundation. John even filmed a performance for TV in the geodesic dome.
The surrounding community of Windstar was not quite ready for all that Windstar had to offer and a request was made to remove the Windmill and curtail some activities.
As music changed in the 80s, John’s career and record sales declined. The financial demands of Windstar were more than John could afford and eventually the Foundation was unable to support a staff.
About 15 years after John died, Windstar closed it’s doors for good (or bad) and sold the building. John had the wisdom to create a land conservancy to protect most fo the land. The Windstar Land Conservancy still owns the acreage located in Snowmass, Colorado. You can still visit and walk on the land that John’s dream was built on.
Let’s back track a bit. Shortly before John lost his friend Buckminster in 1983, he released the album, Seasons Of The Heart. It contained John’s Tribute to Buckminster Fuller called, What One Man Can Do. John may not have realized it at the time, but the song was also about John himself.
This is a video from one of our recent concerts with John's song for Bucky.