On December 9, I traveled with a group of ladies from Halfway Home Mulleriyawa, a 500-bed psychiatric hospital for women just outside Colombo and affiliated with the National Institute of Mental Health (where I work), to a tea estate in the hills near Bandarawela, Sri Lanka.

For most of the ladies, it was their first overnight trip away from the hospital in years – and in some cases decades. Needless to say, it was an experience. Here it is in pictures: